Education is a key vector of development in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) nations, having the potential to lift future generations out of poverty.
A number of initiatives for all ACP countries are helping to meet the 2015 Millennium Development Goals on education – notably universal primary education for girls and boys – and advance the pursuit of the agenda of the ‘Education for All initiative’, a global movement launched at the World Conference on Education for All in 1990.
Higher education and research are areas that directly benefit from multi-country cooperation. It has the advantage of enabling significant economies of scale, in particular in ACP countries with small populations or scarce human resources, and of enhancing collaboration between universities.
Programmes and projects
- Edulink– ACP–EU cooperation programme
The programme is strengthening the capacity and improving the quality of ACP higher education institutions. The second phase of the programme, which kicked off in 2012, complements new EU initiatives in the sector such as the ACP Science and Technology programme, Erasmus Mundus and the Intra-ACP mobility scheme.
- Erasmus Mundus ACP II
The programme fosters a partnership between ACP and EU higher education institutions and supports student exchanges at Master and PhD levels
- Global Partnership for Education - Education for all: Fast Track Initiative Catalytic Fund
The EU is contributing to the fast track initiative catalytic fund of the global partnership for education – education for all. Since its launch in 2003, many low-income ACP countries have received support for the implementation of their national education plans from this multi-donor fund.
- ACP Connect for research and education networks
The project is advancing the development of research and education networks in sub-Saharan Africa, the Pacific and the Caribbean and their inter-connection with GEANT – a pan-European data network connecting the research and education community.