Foto: Lotte Ærsøe
Photo: Lotte Aersoe


Simon Kratholm Ankjærgaard

Despite immense progress towards ensuring schooling for all children worldwide, it will not be possible to accomplish the Millennium Development Goal of Universal Primary Education by 2015. 57 million children currently do not attend school and a large amount of the children in school do not learn enough or anything during their schooling.

A new study, commissioned by the Alliance2015, reveals how the EU and its member states can contribute towards a change of this situation and enhance the impact of their educational support. According to the study, the EU, its member states and other international donors are politically committed to education, but do not allocate the needed funds. The direct aid from the EU for primary schooling has been profoundly reduced from 227 million euro in 2006 to 110 million euro in 2013. Concurrently, the current support is mainly given to middle-income countries instead of the poorest countries, where the need is bigger and very urgent.

The detailed findings of the study will be presented at the Alliance2015 Roundtable Conference in Copenhagen on Monday the 31st of March 2014. Here, a range of the world’s leading experts and decision makers in education will discuss the role of the EU in education for development. Among the key speakers are UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, Kishore Singh and Camilla Croso, the President of the Board of Global Campaign for Education (GCE).

During the conference, IBIS and Alliance2015 wish to provide ideas and suggestions on how the EU and its member states can contribute to closing the finance gap in education  and achieve a good and relevant education for all. 


57 million children worldwide do not attend school. 10 years ago the number was more than 100 million. (Source: GCE).

250 million children worldwide have not learned to read and write. Half of them have been attending school for 3-4 years. Therefore, the quality of education also is a central issue. (Source: GCE).

On a yearly base 26 billion US Dollars are needed to ensure that all children get a good quality universal primary school education (Source: UNDP).

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