The EU has decided to allocate €36 million to support effective and inclusive education policies in Kyrgyzstan.
This announcement comes as Ministers from across Central Asia meet with senior EU officials at the Central Asia Ministerial Meeting today in Brussels. The programme, worth €36 million, will support national authorities to make education policies more inclusive, cost-effective and transparent. It will promote equitable access to quality education for all, irrespective of gender, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. It will also seek to bring the skills and qualifications offered by the education and training systems closer to the needs of the labour market.
Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, said: "Our bilateral programme will support the Kyrgyz Government in ensuring equitable and inclusive quality education for all. Together, we will work to create opportunities and shared prosperity, while protecting our planet for future generations.”
This new “Education Sector Reform Performance Contract” will build on the results of successful previous EU support to the sector. The EU had already invested close to €36 million for the period 2014-2018.
Kyrgyzstan is a landlocked and mountainous country. It is the second poorest country in Central Asia and the second-most remittance-dependent country in the World. EU bilateral assistance to Kyrgyzstan amounts to €174 million for the period 2014-2020. The sectors of concentration are: rule of law, education and integrated rural development. In January 2016, the EU granted to the Kyrgyz Republic GSP+ treatment – removal of tariffs for exports to the EU for partners who ratify and effectively implement 27 core international conventions.