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Australia pledges more funds for education project

10 July 2014, 07:52

Abuja - Australia has announced the provision of $140 million to the Global Partnership for Education, which is assisting children in Nigeria and the region attend school.

Schoolchildren in Benin, Cameroon, Gambia and Niger would benefit from the sponsorship.

According to a document obtained by this publication from the Australian Embassy in Abuja, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Brett Mason, announced the sponsorship in Brussels.

The pledge will be for four years covering 2015-2018.

The document added that the programme worked in 59 countries to help children attend school, increase primary school completion, lift literacy and provide incentives for developing countries to increase their own domestic education funding.

“In the last decade the GPE has assisted almost 22 million children to enrol in school. Education is a key pillar of the Government’s new aid policy framework. Our investment in GPE will complement our bilateral programs in education in 21 countries, and is part of this Government’s $1.1 billion investment in education this year,” the document read.

GPE is Australia’s largest multilateral partner in education.

The financial pledge brings Australia’s total support of the programme to $460 million.

– CAJ News

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