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The Project to Support Primary Education launches in Angola

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From left to right: UNICEF Angola Representative Koen Vanormelingen, Angola’s Vice Minister of Education Dr. Pinda Simão, The European Commission’s Mauro Di Veroli.

LUANDA, Angola, 13 August 2009 – At an official ceremony in Luanda last week, Angola’s Vice Minister of Education Dr. Pinda Simao launched the Project to Support Primary Education (PAEP) along with representatives from the European Commission and UNICEF.

The programme was developed to boost primary education in seven provinces in South-Western Angola.

“With this project, we will see much more participatory management of school affairs, and we will see better teaching, better learning,” said Dr. Simao. “The positive repercussions of this partnership will be far-reaching, and Angolan children will benefit.”

Training and decentralization

A joint, multi-year programme, PAEP will focus on large-scale teacher training and decentralization of school management. This programme dovetails with Angola’s ongoing process to bring education management closer to the communities.

UNICEF-supported community-based school projects will ensure that around 400 communities will receive funding to improve children’s learning environments and provide teaching materials and other support. 

“I am confident that this programme will be instrumental in securing local ownership for the improvement of the quality of primary education,” said UNICEF Representative in Angola Koen Vanormelingen.

A child-friendly environment

These projects will benefit over 70,000 primary school students in seven provinces.

“I hope that a similar boost to primary education will happen in Angola’s remaining provinces so that all children will have a chance to benefit from quality education in a safe and healthy – child-friendly – school environment,” said Mr. Vanormelingen.

PAEP is a concrete example of the Angolan Government’s commitment support the national initiative ‘11 Commitments to Children’ – of which the fifth is a direct commitment to improve primary education.

The European Commission’s Mauro Di Veroli remarked: “Investment in human and institutional resources is of paramount importance for Angola’s national development – and education is a key sector in this regard.”



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