Tajikistan receives US$13.5 million to implement its National Strategy for Education Development Programme
DUSHANBE, 14 December 2009 – On 5 November 2009, the Education for All Fast Track Initiative (EFA FTI) Catalytic Fund has allocated a grant of US$13.5 million for Tajikistan to support the National Strategy for Education Development (NSED) over an 18-months period in 2010-2011.
The EFA FTI is a global partnership to assist low-income countries in meeting Education for All (EFA) and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for education and providing additional funding for the implementation of the Education Strategies. The grant to support Tajikistan’s NSED comes from the EFA FTI Catalytic Fund (FTI CF), a multilateral fund sponsored by 18 donors.
UNICEF and the World Bank which co-lead donor coordination agencies for FTI in Tajikistan jointly with the Local Education Donor Group provided technical assistance to the Ministry of Education to develop the National Strategy for Education Development and application package for the FTI CF funding. These enabled the Government of Tajikistan to receive three grant allocations from the FTI CF totaling US$ 31.9 million since 2005, including the recently approved allocation of US$ 13.5 million.
“Investment in basic education is the best investment in the country’s human capital and its future,” said Ms. Hongwei Gao, UNICEF Country Representative in Tajikistan. “The additional funding from the FTI CF will enable Tajikistan to speed up its education sector reform and improve the access and quality of basic education for all.”
The World Bank Country Manager for Tajikistan, Ms. Chiara Bronchi, also said: “With the new grant from the FTI CF, Tajikistan will continue building on the success of the previous two grants preserving achievements in the education area during the crisis and moving forward in bringing up well educated citizens.”
It is expected that by 2012 the three FTI CF grants will enable Tajikistan to improve learning environment by building and rehabilitating 75 schools for 37,000 students, and alleviating school furniture shortage affecting 110,000 pupils. Other results will include publishing over 1.6 million textbooks in 27 titles; providing extra training to 4,300 teachers and methodologists, and 1,100 school directors; nationwide introduction of per capita financing of schools; and improving data collection and analysis due to functioning of the Education Management Information System (EMIS).
For more information, please contact:
Education for All Fast Track Initiative in Washington, DC
The World Bank in Tajikistan