The Government of Japan, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), in partnership with UNICEF, contributes to improved access and quality of education for children in Mali through the promotion of children's education in vulnerable areas.
A total of 432 Fundamental 1 level schools in the teaching centers of Nossombougou, Dioila, Fana, Massuigui, Koulikoro and Bacodjikoroni will benefit from this project.
Bamako, 6 October 2023 - His Excellency Mister UEZONO Hideki, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Japan to Mali, and Pierre Ngom, Representative of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Mali, officially signed the memorandum of understanding for the project entitled "Promotion of children's education based on the School for All model in vulnerable areas", financed by the Japanese Government.
This project, which has been developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Education's Support Unit for the Deconcentration/Decentralization of Education, is worth three million seven hundred thousand US dollars (3,700,000 USD), or two billion three hundred million five hundred and twelve thousand CFA francs (2,300,512,000 FCFA) and will focus primarily on access and quality in 432 Fundamental 1 schools in the Bamako district and Koulikoro region. These areas have been selected to reinforce the results of projects run by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), such as the Support to School Management Committees Project, but also to extend JICA's area of interventions that address limited access to education and inadequate teaching quality. Project activities will focus on capacity-building for education sector players, awareness-raising campaigns on the importance of education, construction and rehabilitation of classrooms and water, hygiene and sanitation infrastructure, including water points and separate toilets for girls and boys, and the provision of school kits and menstrual hygiene kits.
"This project shows the Japanese Government's determination to support the Malian Government in implementing its education sector plan, in particular its second-generation Ten-Year Education and Vocational Training Development Program (PRODEC 2) and is fully in line with the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, the second summit of which was held in New York on September 18 and 19, 2023," said Pierre Ngom, UNICEF Representative in Mali. "Japan is a privileged partner of UNICEF, and through this action, Japan is again contributing not only to reducing the rate of out-of-school children, but also to improving the quality of education for Mali's children."
"Good quality education for all children, wherever they are, enables them to develop fully and make a useful contribution to society. It is one of the key factors in explaining differences in living standards and development. This explains why Japan finances this project, which is perfectly in line with the "Ten-Year Education and Vocational Training Development Program (PRODEC II, 2019-2028)," declared His Excellency Mister UEZONO Hideki, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Japan to Mali.
The project’s overall objective is to provide better access to primary education for children, particularly girls, in a safe and protective environment, while improving the quality of learning in collaboration with local communities. The project will build the capacity of teachers, school administrators and inspectors, as well as members of school management to ensure that students, especially girls, receive quality learning.
In addition, the project will not only provide school kits (notebooks, pens, slates and geometry materials) and menstrual hygiene kits (reusable sanitary pads, soaps, etc.) for adolescent girls, but will also enable the construction and rehabilitation of classrooms and water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure to ensure that students, especially girls, have access to a safe and protective learning environment conducive to better academic results.
Access to inclusive, quality education is a fundamental right for every child. Consequently, any action that aims to lift children out of the maze of school drop-out and illiteracy is to be celebrated. The signing of this project's memorandum of understanding is therefore a further step towards achieving inclusive, quality education for every girl and boy in Mali.
The implementation of the project "Promotion of children's education based on the School for All model in vulnerable areas", which is the object of this signing ceremony, will undoubtedly have a positive impact on Mali's education sector, as the activities planned meet the real needs of children. the Government of Japan and UNICEF are delighted with this partnership and are committed to continuing their support to the Government of Mali for the well-being of every child.
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