AFD - UNICEF partnership to the benefit of the children of Madagascar
Antananarivo, June 23, 2020 - A financing agreement between the French Development Agency (AFD) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Madagascar was signed on May 25, in support of the Education Sector Common Fund.
This is a comprehensive agreement which is the first of its kind to achieve accelerated results and address the many challenges in the education sector.
The agreement consists of setting up a technical assistance system that will support and strengthen the skills of the Ministry of National Education, Technical and Vocational Education. Each of the two agencies will mobilize funds for a total amount of $ 3.9 million as well as its expertise at the service of this new tool. A team of experts will support the launch and proper functioning of the common fund during the first three years.
This agreement is the result of discussions held between several technical and financial partners and the government of Madagascar for the establishment of a common financial tool, in support of the education sector. It should be noted that AFD and UNICEF have been working together for many years in several countries in the education sector. Other partners have expressed their interest and could contribute as early as 2021.
For Madagascar, this funding complements the state budget to ensure the implementation of the sector policy. The main results expected from this global agreement relate to the professionalization of teachers, the provision of educational resources, the improvement of decentralized services and the functioning of establishments, as well as the reduction of inequalities between regions and between pupils.
A financing agreement was signed between AFD and UNICEF Madagascar in support of the Education Sector Common Fund to achieve accelerated results and face the many challenges in the education sector. This involves setting up a technical assistance system that will support and strengthen the skills of the Ministry of National Education, Technical and Vocational Education.
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