The UK provides USD 37 million to improve education in Zimbabwe
Harare, 7th September 2015: The United Kingdom�۪s Department for International Development (DFID) has approved new funding of US$ 37 million (�24 million) to support the education sector in Zimbabwe.
The funds will allow the progress made under the Education Development Fund (EDF) to continue. This includes the School Improvement Grants programme, which will focus on providing quality schooling for children in disadvantaged schools in rural areas. This will be delivered through the UK�۪s trusted partner UNICEF and activities will be closely aligned to the priorities of Zimbabwe�۪s Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education.
Annabel Gerry, Head of DFID Zimbabwe said:
The UK has one of the largest bilateral aid programmes in Zimbabwe. In 2015-16, the UK is focusing on strengthening its work on girls and women and increasing economic opportunities for the poorest people.
NOTES TO EDITORS
The EDF is multi-donor scheme which was established in 2009 to improve the education sector.
To date, a total of USD 105 million has been provided by donors including the UK, Germany and the European Union.
Over 2014/15, DFID�۪s support to Zimbabwe was �73 million. DFID Zimbabwe�۪s key programming priorities for 2015/16 are:UK aid is channeled through multilateral institutions such as United Nations Agencies, as well as international Non-Governmental Organisations and the private sector.
For further information, please contact Sibusisiwe Ndlovu; Sibusisiwe.Ndlovu@fco.gov.uk.
UNICEF works to ensure that children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. UNICEF supports the Government in child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. Since 2010, UNICEF has been managing multi-donor pooled funds (transition funds) in health, education, child protection, and water and sanitation which, which have contributed to improved results for women and children.