15.07.2013 [News]

EU signs 20 million EUR support programme for the education sector in Kyrgyzstan

On 11 July 2013 the European Union and the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic have signed a financing agreement to support education reform in Kyrgyzstan for a total EU contribution of 20 Mio EUR.

This constitutes the largest ever bilateral EU grant support programme in favour of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Education Sector in particular. The EU support will be aimed at the improvement of the sector-wide performance and progress towards a more inclusive and efficient education system.

The programme is building on achievements of past and on-going EU assistance to the Education Sector and it demonstrates clear EU commitment to continue to support the Government-owned Education Development Strategy 2020 and the Action plan 2012-2014.

More specifically, the EU funds will be used to enhance the institutional and human resources capacity; management of education planning, financing, procurement, monitoring, reporting and evaluation; and further strengthen local governance as related to the education sector.

A further objective of the agreement is to raise the profile of vocational education to meet the needs of the labour market, through the expansion of partnerships between educational institutions and employers.

Special attention in the implementation of the agreement will also be given to the development of a more inclusive approach to education and training to improve access to education for vulnerable people and people with disabilities.

The Financing Agreement was signed today by Ms Olga Lavrova, Minister of Finance of the Kyrgyz Republic and Mr Dirk Meganck, Director for Asia, Central Asia, Middle East/Gulf and Pacific in the Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation, EuropeAid.

Source: Delegation of the European Union to Kyrgyzstan