UNICEF receives $34.7m from UK Government to improve access to quality education for disadvantaged girls and young people

26 November 2021
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UNICEF’s partnership with the UK Government will focus on education for out-of-school children and improve learning achievements for all children, particularly girls, children with disabilities and children from most disadvantaged locations.

DHAKA, 26 November 2021 – The Government of the United Kingdom (UK) has recently contributed US$34.7 million to UNICEF through the British High Commission in Dhaka to provide access to quality education for the most disadvantaged and out-of-school children in Bangladesh.

“Bangladesh has made significant progress towards ensuring education for every child. But persistent and complex challenges remain when it comes to equitable access and the quality of education,” said Mr. Sheldon Yett, UNICEF Representative to Bangladesh.

“The contribution by the UK Government will boost UNICEF’s joint work with the Government of Bangladesh and partners to address these challenges, and to especially support disadvantaged students whose education has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” he added.  

The partnership with the UK Government focuses on education for out-of-school children and will improve learning particularly for girls, children with disabilities and children from the most disadvantaged areas. It also places emphasis on improving enrolment, retention and completion rates in primary and secondary education. Throughout, UNICEF will continue to work closely with the Government of Bangladesh and key stakeholders, not least, children and their parents. The partnership will bring significant change to the lives of the children who need it the most, and will help to strengthen the education system for all.

The UK has committed to stand up for the right of all girls to 12 years of quality education. We are delighted to be partnering with UNICEF and BRAC and working closely with the Government of Bangladesh to improve student learning, support adolescent girls to stay in school, and enable the most marginalized children to access quality education,” said HE Robert Chatterton Dickson, British High Commissioner to Bangladesh. 

The UK Government funding will support UNICEF to implement the partnership from 2021 to 2028.


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The British High Commission maintains and develops relations between the UK and Bangladesh. Ensuring all girls receive 12 years of quality education is a major priority for the UK Government. Between 2015 and 2020 the UK supported over 15 million children worldwide to gain a decent education, of which 8 million were girls. By 2026, the UK has set target of getting 40 million more girls into school worldwide, and 20 million more girls reading by the age of 10.

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