UK Promises £47m for poor Afghan girls’ education projects

KABUL : (MEP) – A grant agreement of £47 million was signed between the Afghan Minister of Finance, Dr. Omar Zakhilwal and Justine Greening, the UK’s Development Secretary on Tuesday.

The grant was contributed through the UK Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC) Fund. The signing of this funding arrangement means that implementation can start from now on. By 2016, a total of 255,000 additional girls will have access to good quality education through GEC funding in Afghanistan.

During the signing, Dr. Zakhilwal said “Afghanistan has shown remarkable progress on girls’ education over the past decade but more remains to be done.” He further added, “Investing in girls’ education is one of the government’s high priorities and we are grateful for the United Kingdom’s continued generous support for the development of Afghanistan”.

Deputy Minister of Education Hamayoon Rassa said “Afghanistan participated for the first time in this competition to achieve GEC assistance. These projects will implement in 19 provinces in two categories. The project considered first for those girls who are in the age of learning, but cannot learn due to some problems and second for women who are deprived of education.”

Justine Greening, the UK’s Development Secretary, said: “Education is an Afghanistan success story, and one that the British people can be proud to have played a part in. Every year, there are more children in school, new schools built and more teachers trained – and two million girls now go to school, up from virtually zero under the Taliban, WNA reported.

“But if these girls are to play a full role in building a brighter future for their country, there is still much to be done. The additional support is an important step, giving over a quarter of a million more Afghan girls the chance to improve their lives and receive a quality education.”

The Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC) will help up to a million of the world’s poorest girls improve their lives through education.

The GEC will support projects that are able to demonstrate new and effective ways to expand education opportunities to marginalized girls, and which can be robustly evaluated to widen their impact.

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