Friday, 18 November 2011

Danish support to education in developing countries in the top three

Over the next four years Denmark will contribute more than one billion DKK to basic education through the Global Partnership for Education, and will thus be the third largest contributor. At the same time developing countries will increase their own allocations to education by more than 10 billion DKK (1.34 billion EUR) during the same period.

A summit on basic education in developing countries resulted in significant financial pledges from representatives from the 52 participating countries. The donors pledged to increase their support to education by 8.1 billion DKK (1.09 billion EUR) until 2014. During the same period the developing countries pledged to increase their own allocations for basic education by more than 10 billion DKK (1.34 billion EUR).  

The significant increase of funds will improve the lives of millions of children, who will now go to school for the first time. At the same time, it will ensure that the children, who are already in school, in fact learn to read and write.