International Partnerships

Quality education

The 4th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG4) aims at ensuring that by 2030 all girls and boys around the world receive an inclusive and equitable quality education, and promoting lifelong learning opportunities to help adults develop new skills and break the cycle of poverty.

For the school year ending in 2017, UNESCO estimated that 262 million children and adolescents aged 6 to 17 were out of school. Many of these children live in fragile or conflict-affected countries. And even when they do go to school, 6 in 10 children and adolescents of primary and lower secondary school age don’t achieve minimum proficiency in reading and mathematics

Despite the progress made in terms of non-discrimination, girls are still more likely to be out of school than boys, and children with disabilities are less likely to ever attend or complete school.

To address these gaps, we are determined to achieve SDG4. Our main objective is to reinforce education systems to ensure better planning, financing, and management of education on the long term. Indeed, making sure that everyone gets access to the education and training they deserve is key to reduce inequalities, empower people, and ensure sustainable development.

Through some of our own funding instruments, we support actions on education in approximately 100 partner countries and also fund global partnerships. Our assistance is tailored to the educational needs and priorities of our partner countries and relies heavily on policy dialogue and coordination.

Our impact

  • Results 2020 Education
  • Results 2020 - Skills and Vocational Training
  • 70 608 000 pupils accessed primary education with EU support