The European Commission will confirm today its commitment to making education more equal and of a higher quality in the Development agenda beyond 2015 through continued financial support, during a High level event in Brussels.

Rear view of class raising handsOrganised by the European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, the High-level event on Education and Development will hear from speakers such as EU High representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, European commissioners Kristalina Georgieva (International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response) and Androulla Vassiliou (Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth), as well as Gordon Brown (United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education), and Her Royal Highness Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands (UNESCO Special Envoy on Literacy for Development).

Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, will announce that at least 20% of the 2014-2020 aid budget is foreseen for human development and social inclusion, education being a main component of it. As much as €2.5 billion will be mobilised for education, confirming it as a priority for EU development post-2015. At least €1.5 billion will go to the future Erasmus for All programme (an academic exchange programme between EU and overseas universities, which has helped pupils improve their education by gaining experience of studying abroad).

Commissioner Vassiliou will also highlight a range of successful European best practices promoting literacy at the conference. Her examples are expected to draw on recommendations made by an EU high level group on literacy.

The Commissioners are also expected to emphasise the need for better quality education and more accountability, so that there is more information available locally in the countries in which the EU works on how schools are run, the resources available and their use.


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