The European Union will participate in the Global Education Summit (GES) on July 28 and 29, 2021, and has already made an ambitious pledge of €700 million for the period of 2021-2027 to this initiative. In December, the EU will participate in the Nutrition for Growth Summit (N4G), an opportunity to make new and ambitious financial pledges towards the fight against all forms of malnutrition.
These two summits are the key opportunities to establish a strong link between nutrition and education efforts. Access to nutrition and education are mutually reinforcing development objectives. Compared to fully healthy children, malnourished children score an average of 7% lower in math tests and are 19% less likely to be able to read at age 8. Investments into nutrition will be mutually reinforcing to the EU’s commitment to education.
Together with Generation Nutrition, GHA has developed a short policy brief with recommendations for how the EU can work to ensure that nutrition and education become true partners for development.