Documentation on the Roundtable on Education in Copenhagen, March 31st, 2014:

Summary and Outcome one-pager on Education Roundtable


Report Summary of the Alliance2015 Report Scaling up the EU Impact on Education Post-2015 and Full Report


Biographies of the Speakers and Panelists who particpated


Top Ten Key Action Points agreed on during the Roundtable


Presentation by Michelle Wilson, Programme Director, Concern Worldwide:
"Education in Sierra Leone"  


Presentation by Lars Engberg-Pedersen, Senior Researcher:
"Scaling up EU impact on education post 2015"


Presentation by Zakaria Sulemana, IBIS, Sierra Leone:
"Alternatives to Financing Education Using Taxation in Sub-Saharan Africa"


Official Programme of the Round Table on Education






As a follow-up to the Education Round Table in Copenhagen in March 2014, please find an EU Policy Brief here: Enhancing EU Impact on Education, Key Asks and Priorities

Enhancing EU Impact on Education for Global Sustainable Development

As part of its three-year advocacy programme to strengthen and structure the dialogue between Alliance2015 members and the EU, and ahead of various EU and UN events on the issue, Alliance2015 hosted a Roundtable on Education in Copenhagen on March 31st.
The event gathered about s
ixty policy experts, practitioners and partners from across the EU and from partner countries in Africa and Latin America. UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, Kisore Singh, kicked off the event, reminding everyone that education is a basic human right, which should underpin any future development framework.  Findings from the study “Scaling up EU impact on education post-2015,” were presented, focusing on ten key recommendations for the EU (see the recommendations listed below).


Camilla Croso, President of the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), and Umaru Alusine Bah, District Education Manager in Sierra Leone (photo: Anne Sørensen)




The well-designed conference enabled a vibrant exchange, confronting the challenges in countries such as Sierra Leone with the worrying trends of reduced education financing globally. The conference offered a variety of perspectives, ideas and possible solutions in relation to enhancing the EU’s impact on education. Participants generated a rich list of key action points, motivating everyone to plan and act together on a progressive, human rights-based and ambitious agenda for education in the Post-2015 development. The next step is to make sure the ideas from this Roundtable are heard at the GPE (Global Partnership on Education) replenishment event in Brussels in June 2014 and to contribute to the UN process on the post-2015 framework. 

The ten key recommendations from the Report "Scaling up EU impact on education post 2015"

  • Mobilize alternative sources of financing
  • Significant EU contribution to GPE when hosting its replenishment in June 2014
  • Balance direct EU aid to education with increased support through Global Partnership on Education (GPE).
  • Redirect aid for education towards low-income countries
  • Broaden equal access and specify quality
  • Hire more education expertise
  • Systematize coordination
  • Use the strengths of member states at country level
  • Simplify procedures for CSOs to apply for financial support
  • Strengthen information to the EU public about the importance of education