“Investing in education is a priority” [fr]
France is very committed to the promotion of education that is free, qualitative and accessible to all, which is why investment in education is a priority.
"The fight we have to wage for the education of young girls, the fight for emancipation, is a fight for, as Simone VEIL would have said, "effective freedom"." Emmanuel Macron - Speech at UNESCO on 5 July 2019
Quality education is the foundation for improving human living conditions and sustainable development. The international community has committed itself to this priority by including inclusive and quality education for all in the Sustainable Development Goals.
While major progress has already been made, further efforts are needed to achieve this goal. Improving countries’ education systems is everyone’s business and France is particularly invested in this area.
France’s commitment to education
Investing in education is one of France’s top priorities. In 2017, France spent 1.31 billion euros on education, or 13.1% of its aid, making it the third largest donor among OECD countries for aid to education.
At the UN General Assembly in New York in September 2017, French President Emmanuel Macron reiterated that the contemporary challenges of globalization, such as migrations and terrorism, could only be solved through education.
Thus, France has increased its voluntary contribution to UNESCO in order to improve access to inclusive quality education and vocational training, especially for young girls and adolescent girls.
France’s aid to education also supports French influence and the Francophonie in improving access, quality and equity in education, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Sahel.
At the multilateral level, France also contributes to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), whose objective is to mobilize the international community for an increased effort to finance the development of sustainable and resilient education systems. France has pledged to contribute €200 million to the GPE for the three-year period 2018-2020.
In concrete terms, this sum will finance the implementation of education plans in 67 developing countries, benefiting 870 million children and adolescents.