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EU commits to ensuring basic education for every child by 2030

The European Commission has confirmed its commitment to making education more equal and of a higher quality in the Development agenda beyond 2015 through continued financial support, during a High level event in Brussels on 23 May. Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, announced that at least 20% of the 2014-2020 aid budget is foreseen for human development and social inclusion, education being a main component of it.

As much as €2.5 billion will be mobilised for education in developing countries, confirming it as a priority for EU development post-2015. At least €1.5 billion will go to the future Erasmus for All programme (an academic exchange programme between EU and overseas universities, which has helped pupils improve their education by gaining experience of studying abroad).

Commissioner Piebalgs will also make a commitment to ensuring that by 2030, every child all over the world will be able to complete basic education, and have basic literacy and numeracy skills. “I find it unacceptable that there are still 61 million children who don’t have access to basic education today. As a former teacher and minister of education myself, I feel very strongly that every child has the right to a quality education, no matter where they live. That’s why I’m delighted to be able to announce significant support to education for the next seven years. By helping children after primary school, we’re giving them opportunities to make a living and improve their lives once they leave school.” said Commissioner Piebalgs.

For more information: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-453_en.htm

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