EU promotes quality education

THE European Union (EU) has signed a K23 million grant with five civil society organisations to promote universal quality education.
EU Head of delegation to Zambia Gilles Hervio said in a statement yesterday that the EU’s support for early child education is in line with the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) number two aimed at contributing to the improvement of access to equitable quality universal primary education for all children.
“We hope that through structured civil society engagement with Government, more inclusive education policies shall be developed that promote universal access to quality early childhood and primary education for children in Zambia,” Mr Hervio said.
He urged grant beneficiaries to create a conducive learning environment for pupils by increasing the number of trained teachers in community schools, increase the availability of teaching  and learning materials, improve infrastructure and lobby Government to increase investments in community schools.
He said the targeted schools will be models of good practice for policy-related advocacy initiatives.
Mr Hervio cited organisations such as ACRA-CCS, DAPP, VVOB, Oxfam GB and Leonard Cheshire Disability as beneficiaries of the grant for period of 36 months.
The grants were awarded under a call for proposals as part of the European Commission’s thematic programme called `Non State Actors and Local Authorities in Development in Zambia, 2013’.
The call for proposal was aimed at strengthening the role and capacities of CSOs in contributing towards improved access to quality universal primary and early childhood education for poor and vulnerable children.
Mr Hervio said the EU strongly believes that investments in education will result in promoting an education system that admits all children regardless of their status.

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