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Europe signs an´Open letter´ calling for a greater commitment to global financing for education

Giulia Colombo
On June 26 in Bruxelles will be held the Second Replenishment Pledging Conference of the Global Partnership for Education, a multilateral organizations dedited to ensuring a quality, basic education to children. The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and the EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, have signed an ´Open letter´ calling for a greater commitment to global financing for education, particularly for girls.

The Global Partnership for Education is a multilateral partnership devoted to provide a quality education to children of primary and secondary school in about 60 countries.

Founded in 2002, its objective are promoting education in fragile and conflict-affected states, above all supporting girls´ education, increasing basic numeracy and literacy skills, improving teacher effectiveness through training and recruitment and expanding funding.

Their Second Replenishment Pledging Conference, that has been organized by Global Partnership for Education (GPE) with the help of the European Commission, will take place the 26th of June in Bruxelles. It will be the climax of the the Global Partnership for Education’s 2015-2018 replenishment campaign, started in September 2013.

The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and the EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, have signed an ´Open letter´ calling for a greater commitment to global financing for education, particularly for girls. The letter is also signed by Prime Minister of Denmark Helle Thorning-Schmidt and Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg and Julia Gillard, Chair of the Global Partnership for Education and former Prime Minister of Australia, ahead of the Global Partnership for Education conference on June 26 in Brussels.

The Global Partnership for Education conference will be attended by global leaders, among which representatives of GPE and of the European institutions, including EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, and EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, as well as education ministers of more than 40 developing countries. 

As well as raising funding for education, the event will draw global attention to the importance of quality education for children.The replenishment goals will be:

  1. Donor partners to contribute US$3.5 billion to the GPE Fund to support 29 million children in 66 partner developing countries between 2015 and 2018
  2. Developing country partners to increase domestic financing for education to an average of at least 20% of national domestic expenditure; we want to leverage an additional US$16 billion in domestic financing

  3. All partners to increase bilateral, multilateral and new innovative funding for the poorest countries to fill remaining funding needs.

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