Zambia, 16 January 2012: Netherlands provides US$10 million for UNICEF education programme
Funding to improve access to equitable quality basic education in 16 priority district
LUSAKA, Zambia, 16 January 2012 – The Government of the Netherlands is supporting the UNICEF education programme in Zambia with US$10 million (50 trillion Zambian kwacha) with a focus on the most vulnerable children in the country. .
“The overall goal of the programme is to contribute to the national targets of improving children’s access to equitable quality education, in line with the Millennium Development Goals and the Sixth National Development Plan. If we are to expect Zambia’s children and adolescents to be able to develop, learn, and participate in a protective and enabling environment, it is our duty and responsibility as a partner country to double our efforts in providing the required support to help us reap these desired results,” said His Excellency Ambassador Harry Molenaar of the Royal Netherlands Embassy during a signing ceremony in Lusaka.
This agreement comes with the following specific expected results:
UNICEF will channel the US$10 million contribution through direct financial and technical support to the Ministry of Education, Science and Vocational Training. By the end of 2013, it is expected that systems, policies, and capacities will have been strengthened leading to improved learning achievement for children in target areas, especially the most vulnerable. The programme will be implemented in the following low performing districts: Lukulu, Kalabo, Shangombo, Petauke, Katete, Chama, Milenge, Samfya, Chilubi, Luwingu, Mporokoso, Chiengi, Kaputa, Mbala, Mungwi, and Isoka.
According to the UNICEF Representative to Zambia, Iyorlumun J. Uhaa, this new investment fits well with the overall collaboration between the Government of the Netherlands and UNICEF in many areas, both at the global and country levels.
“We are excited and looking forward to meeting the challenges and opportunities this arrangement presents to us,” said Mr. Uhaa. “Under the leadership of the Government of Zambia, we will implement this programme to achieve tangible and measurable results for children in the target districts."
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