“The kits mean a lot to the children, in part because school supplies are an essential component of education but also because these kits provide much joy to school going children,” said UNICEF Djibouti Representative, Aloys Kamurgiye. The official ceremony was attended by a large number of dignitaries including, the Minister of Education Mr. Abdi Ibrahim Absieh, the Representative to the Ambassador of the United States of America in Djibouti and the USAID Representative.
The kits contain pencils, pens, notebooks, glue, eraser and a plastic ruler along with a cloth school bag.
The distribution aims at directly supporting parents by providing school kits for every child thus ensuring greater child enrollment and reintegration. The Minister of Education stressed that parents who have financial difficulties and are often obliged to take their children out of school will now be able to keep their children in school. He added that the collaboration between his department, USAID and UNICEF is a success.
The Representative to the Ambassador of the United States of America took this opportunity to convey his special thanks to UNICEF for providing technical support to ensure that all school kits were delivered on time along with 100,000 school manuals and 150,000 pedagogical modules provided last year.
School kits were distributed to children attending primary school while pedagogical materials were given to their teachers. The cost of a school kit is approximately $US4.00 and has contributed significantly in increasing school attendance during the last few years.
For 60 years UNICEF has been the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in 156 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
For further information, contact:
Aloys KAMURAGIYE, UNICEF Djibouti Country Office, Representative: Tel + 253 812 177,