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Barclays employees present UNICEF with cheque to improve education in Rwanda

Rwanda, Tuesday, 8 February 2011 - At a ceremony in Kigali today, two Barclays employees from the United Kingdom presented the UNICEF Representative in Rwanda with a cheque for £162,681.83.

“In 2009, Barclays employees chose Rwanda as their country of choice to raise funds for”, explained Nick Salisbury and Jennifer Ollerenshaw from Barclays,”so we are very happy to be here in Rwanda, not only to present this cheque, but to see for ourselves how UNICEF is strengthening the quality of education for the children of Rwanda”, they added.

Nick and Jennifer were amongst hundreds of Barclays employees who took part in sponsorship walks in London and Manchester to benefit a Barclays-UNICEF partnership called Building Young Futures. Through this partnership, Barclays and UNICEF have been able to provide disadvantaged young people from around the world with opportunities to build better futures.

UNICEF will use the donation to Rwanda to strengthen the quality of education in the country by creating model ‘child-friendly’ schools that foster learning and reduce drop out and repetition rates.

“We are very thankful for what our friends in Barclays have done for the children of Rwanda”, said UNICEF Representative to Rwanda, Dr Joseph Foumbi. “This is a great model for public-private partnerships and we hope that Barclays will come back again next year to see how far things have progressed”, he added.

Rwanda has experienced a remarkable recovery since the 1994 genocide. Known today for its good governance record, its “Vision 2020” to transform itself from a subsistence-based agricultural economy to a regional hub for business and information technology, the country has also achieved remarkable progress in accelerating child survival and primary school enrolment. Net enrolment rates have increased from 80% in 2003 to over 95% in 2010. However, quality still remains an issue that UNICEF is committed to addressing through capacity strengthening efforts and the modelling of Child Friendly Schools.

For more information please contact:
Misbah M. Sheikh, UNICEF Chief of Communication, Tel +250788300731, Email: msheikh@unicef.org

 

 
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