K90m education programme to be funded by EU

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MORE than K90 million was committed for the supply of text books to primary schools, infrastructure development for two primary teachers colleges, and provide scholarships for trainee teachers.
The commitment is from the Education, Training and Human Resources Development Programme (ETHRDP) which will finance a total of K83.1 million for the supply of more than 2.6 million text books to schools nationwide.
The books cover mathematics, science, language, reading and other important subjects.
The programme is financed by the European Union (EU) and it was revealed that the programme would also fund K4.2 million for 240 scholarships in the primary teachers colleges of Dauli, Gaulim and Bomana.
Education secretary Dr Joseph Pagelio said it was a happy occasion that the EU was continuing its massive support.
He said the department was very appreciative of EU’s efforts, describing it as “very timely”.
He also said an additional of K8 million funded by EU would go towards the distribution of materials for school.
Dr Pagelio also called on stakeholders, including parents, provincial governments and local level governments to take care of the materials distributed to the schools.
“Students will still apply the sharing principal in the use of the text books,” he said.
Ambassador and Head of European Union Delegation, Aldo Dell’Ariccia, said it was a pleasure to continue the support it provided to the country.