The European Union (EU) delegation to India has announced to release 25 million euros to support India’s school education sector.
The EU as part of its efforts to support schemes like Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) will release the final tranche of a total of 80 million euros granted by the union to support the educational schemes.
“This brings to a conclusion the EU’s sector support to school education in India, to which it has contributed over EUR 520 million (currently valued at Rs 3,700 crore) in grant funding,” an official statement said.
Speaking at an event to mark the occasion, EU’s ambassador to India Tomasz Kozlowski recalled that the EU was the Indian government’s first development partner in education. Initially in 1994, 155 districts were selected under the District Primary Education Programme.
“As the number of children being enrolled in and completing primary school rose, we extended our support to the ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’ for elementary education up to Grade VIII in 2002, and the RMSA for secondary education in 2012,” he said.