Foto: Lotte Ærsøe
New pupils in a village school in northern Ghana - Photo: Lotte Aersoe


Anne Sørensen

New report on EU support to education, published by Alliance2015

The report presents the findings from a study on the EU’s support to Education, which researchers from the Danish Institute of International Studies (DIIS) have prepared for Alliance2015. The key messages of the study were presented on March 31st, 2014 at an Alliance2015 Roundtable on Education hosted by IBIS in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Sixty policy experts, practitioners and partners from across the EU and from partner countries in Africa and Latin America gathered to engage in a dialogue and joint thinking on how to scale up the impact of the EU on education across the globe.  The well-designed conference enabled a vibrant exchange offered a variety of perspectives, ideas and possible solutions in relation to enhancing the EU’s impact on education. Participants generated a rich list of key action points, motivating everyone to plan and act together on a progressive, human rights-based and ambitious agenda for education in the Post-2015 development.

The study develops the following 10 key recommendations to the EU on how to scale up its impact on education post-2015:

  1. Mobilise alternative sources of financing
  2. Significant EU contribution to GPE when hosting its replenishment in June 2014
  3. Balance direct EU aid to education with increased support through Global Partnership on Education (GPE).
  4. Redirect aid for education towards low-income countries
  5. Broaden equal access and specify quality
  6. Hire more education expertise
  7. Systematise coordination
  8. Use the strengths of member states at country level
  9. Simplify procedures for CSOs to apply for financial support
  10. Strengthen information to the EU public about the importance of education.

The next step is to make sure the recommendations of the study and ideas from this Roundtable are heard at the GPE (Global Partnership on Education) replenishment event in Brussels in June 2014 and to contribute to the UN process on the post-2015 framework.