In a victory for teachers, their unions, and education activists globally, the European Parliament has passed a resolution that reinforces its call for “a full, quality 12-year primary and secondary education cycle, provided free of charge for all” and clarifies how its money should be spent to support these goals.

Restating its commitment to education improvement being a “pillar” in the partnership between Africa and the European Union (EU), the European Parliament's resolution, passed with an overwhelming majority,  clarifies that making education “free of charge” applies to all costs, including school supplies, transportation to and from school,  and food.  Although it contains language about guaranteeing “freedom of choice for parents,” the resolution clearly rejects the EU and its member states using aid money “to support private, commercial educational establishments, which do not uphold the Union’s principles and values.” The resolution does permit the European Commission to fund small-scale non-profit private schools, such as faith-based, NGO or community schools.

International opposition is growing to for-profit schools and the latest iteration of privatization, Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), as explained in this overview of recent developments.