Within the EU, education policy supports national education and training systems. The Europe 2020 Strategy for growth and jobs includes an education target to reduce the rates of early school leaving below 10% and to ensure that at least 40% of 30-34 year-olds complete higher education.
The European pillar of social rights underlines everyone's right to quality and inclusive education, training and life-long learning, while the EU Cohesion Policy invests in people's skills and competences. For best practice exchange and support to policy reforms, the EU has set up the Strategic framework – Education and Training (ET 2020). Between 2014 and 2020, the Erasmus+ mobility programme funds 4 million young students, trainees, apprentices and volunteers.
Beyond its borders, the EU provides support to education in the framework of the European development policy, the European Neighbourhood Policy and the Enlargement policy. By 2020, Erasmus+ funding in third countries will support the exchange of around 150,000 university students and staff, 1000 capacity building projects on higher education and 27,000 master degree scholarships across the world.
A full list of EU policies and actions supporting Goal 4 is available below.
EU Actions supporting Goal 4.
EU Actions supporting specific Goal 4 targets.