European Commission contributes US$837 million to Team Europe’s US$2.0 billion total pledge to Global Partnership for Education for 2021-2025

At the Global Education Summit, the EU and its member states as ‘Team Europe’ committed a total pledge of €1.7 billion (US$2.0 billion) to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education in low- and lower-middle-income countries. This total pledged amount includes the EU’s recently announced pledge to contribute €700 million (US$837 million) to GPE from 2021-2027.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and International Partnerships Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen represented the EU at the Global Education Summit. Von der Leyen had initially announced the EU’s pledge to GPE ahead of the June G7 Summit. 

The EU’s pledge represents a 32% annual increase from the previous 2014-2020 EU long-term budget during which the EU contributed €68 million (US$81 million) per year for a total of €475 million (US$568 million). 

GPE works in nearly 100 countries and is currently focused on minimizing the impact of the pandemic on education for children, particularly for girls who have been disproportionately disadvantaged in their access to remote learning opportunities.

Press release - European Commission