The Swiss Federal Council has approved CHF 36 million contribution to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) for the 2017 to 2020 period.
Through the country’s support for the education in the world's poorest countries, 64 million children were able to enroll in school in 2014.
Switzerland sees education as playing a central role in reducing poverty by giving children and young people brighter prospects to improve their living conditions and get a firm foothold in the labour market. Improving education thus provides answers to the global challenges of population growth, urbanisation, climate change, and conflicts.
Education is also a means of improving the socio-economic conditions of the poorest countries, as well as those of migrant populations, refugees and internally displaced persons, both in their host countries and in their countries of origin. Progress has been made in primary schooling, but challenges still remain to ensure universal access to quality basic education. About 263 million children and youth worldwide do not attend school, nearly half of whom live in conflict zones.
With the 64 million additional children enrolled in school in 2014. the proportion of children completing primary school increased by 7.6% in the GPE partner countries (2008–12). The number of out-of-school children declined by 4.4% in the GPE partner countries, compared to 2.9% in all developing countries. The primary completion rate for girls increased from 56% in 2002 to 71% in 2014.