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    25 May, 2015
US$58.9 million for primary education
Maputo, 25 May (AIM) – The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) has approved a grant of US$57.9 million to support primary education in Mozambique.

The grant was approved at the World Education Forum which ended on Saturday in Seoul. It is part of a package of US$235 million that will also support improvements in the quality of primary education in Bangladesh, Nepal and Rwanda.

In 2002 the GPE Board of Directors approved an overall package of US$4.35 billion to support education in developing countries.

A press release from the Mozambican Ministry of Education and Human Development quotes the Minister, Jorge Ferrao, as saying that efforts must be concentrated at the base of the educational structure, to ensure that children learn how to read and write.

Ferrao stressed his commitment to improving the quality of the country’s schools. He pledged that the Ministry would work to make the schools function more effectively. “This is not an easy task because there are many challenges and our human and financial capacity is limited”, he said.

Ferrao promised that his ministry will make the best use of available resources in order to merit the trust of the GPE, whose support would be crucial for implementing the education sector’s plans over the coming years.

Mozambique joined the GPE in 2003, and to date has received two allocations of GPE funds, totally US$169 million.

The GPE consists of 60 developing countries, donor governments, international organizations, and a variety of NGOs and business groups. It states that its mission is “to galvanize and coordinate a global effort to deliver a good quality education to all girls and boys, prioritizing the poorest and most vulnerable”.

The latest figures from the Education Ministry show significant improvements in primary education over the last five years. Thus the percentage of six year old children entering the first grade of primary education has risen from 67 per cent in 2009 to 82 per cent in 2014. Over the same period the number of pupils per teacher fell from 69 to 62.5. Mozambique is moving closer to gender parity in primary education – 47 per cent of the pupils are girls

However the high dropout rate, and poor levels of ahcivement in basic literacy and numeracy skills remain enormous challenges.
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