At today's Global Education Summit in London, the European Union and its Member States, as Team Europe, pledged €1.7 billion to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) to help transform education systems for more than one billion girls and boys in up to 90 countries and territories. This represents the biggest contribution to the GPE. The EU had already announced its €700 million pledge for 2021-2027 in June.
The EU was represented at the summit by Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, and Jutta Urpilainen, Commissioner for International Partnerships. Their interventions highlighted the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on children's education worldwide, and the determination of the EU and its Member States to act.
Team Europe for global education
EU support to education is focused on ensuring quality, equality and equity, and on matching skills and jobs. This means in particular:
• Investing in well-trained and motivated teachers that can equip children with the right mix of skills needed in the 21st century. At least 69 million new teachers will have to be recruited by 2030 for primary and secondary education, including more than 17 million in Africa.
• Investing in equality, and in particular promoting girls' education and leveraging the potential of digital innovations. Educating and empowering girls is a key aspect of the EU Gender Action Plan III, which aims to curb the rise of inequalities in the context of the pandemic, and accelerate progress on gender equality and women's empowerment.
• Investing in skills for the future, to prepare future professionals, business leaders and decision-makers for the green and the digital transformation.