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Monday, 6 October 2008

International Development

Africa : Education

Photo of Claire Curtis-ThomasClaire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby, Labour) | Hansard source

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development

(1) pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2008, Official Report, column 1184W, on UNICEF Go To School campaign, (1) what programmes his Department is funding to encourage increases in school attendances in African nations other than Sudan in 2008-09;

(2) pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2008, Official Report, columns 1167-8W, on Africa: females, what steps his Department is taking to support access to education of girls and women in Africa in 2008-09.

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Photo of Gillian MerronGillian Merron (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for International Development; Lincoln, Labour) | Hansard source

The Department for International Development 's ( DFID ) work in the education sector in Africa is guided by the Millennium Development Goals ( MDGs ) which call for the achievement of universal primary education and for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. We plan to spend some £214 million bilaterally on education in Africa this year (2008-09). In addition, DFID provides core funding to a range of multilateral organizations who work to develop education in Africa . A large proportion of our bilateral support is routed through national budgets, notably in Nigeria , Ghana , Mozambique , Zambia , Kenya and Rwanda . This is in line with the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness which calls for 50 per cent. of bilateral assistance to be channeled through country systems by means of long-term general budget or sector support. There is a particular emphasis throughout our education sector programmes on increasing school attendance, and a key part of this is getting more girls into school.

During the visit of President Sarkozy earlier this year, we agreed to work jointly with France to help get 16 million more children into school in Africa by 2010. We have also committed £150 million to the Education for All Fast Track Initiative for 2006-8 to help countries speed up the implementation of their education plans. The Fast Track Initiative is supporting education work in 18 Africa countries.

There is still a long way to go to achieve these MDGs in Africa , but there has been some worthwhile progress. Free primary education has brought millions of children into school: in Zambia and Tanzania , over 97 per cent. of children are now enrolled, with equal number of girls. In Lesotho , Rwanda , Uganda and Malawi gender parity rates have reached 98 per cent. or more. In Ethiopia , our support helped one million more children to enter school in 2006. In Malawi , providing better toilet facilities in schools and support to teenage mothers has improved school attendance by girls.

Our current work in the education sector across Africa is set out in the following table.

Project Title

Country

Commitment (£000)

Supporting improved delivery of Education

Burundi

6,000

Secondary School Access for Returning Refugees

 

1,020

 

 

 

Primary Education , North Sankuru ( Catholic Relief Services )

Democratic Republic of Congo

400

Access to Primary Education

 

10,410

 

 

 

Education Innovatory Fund

Ethiopia

300

Pooled Operation Fund

 

995

Protection of Basic Services Secretariat

 

250

General Education quality improvement programme

 

150

 

 

 

Basic Education Support for Poverty Reduction

The Gambia

3,500

 

 

 

Support to Education Strategic Plan

Ghana

100,000

Support to Education Strategic Plan

 

5,000

 

 

 

Support to Kenya Education Sector Support Programme

Kenya

50,000

Support to Kenya Education Sector Development Programme

 

5,000

 

 

 

Malawi Poverty reduction Budget Support 2007-08

Malawi

22,000

Infrastructure Support

 

7,800

Education Sector Wide Approach Technical Assistance

 

750

 

 

 

Education Sector Support II

Mozambique

45,000

Education Sector Support

 

1,000

 

 

 

Niger : Support to Girls Education

Niger

7,105

 

 

 

Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria

Nigeria

105,910

 

 

 

Joint Education Sector Support Programme

Rwanda

13,000

10th Anniversary of Genocide - support to education

 

961

Capacity Building Technical Assistance for Joint Education Sector Support

 

300

 

 

 

Support to Teacher Census

Sierra Leone

750

Sierra Leone 10 year Education plan

 

15

 

 

 

Save the Children ( UK ): Education, Hiran

Somali Democratic Rep

1,408

UNESCO / UNICEF Agreement

 

6,000

Africa Education Trust: Formal Assessment and Certification on Somalia and Somaliland Project

 

1,000

UNICEF Emergency Education 2008

 

320

 

 

 

Scholarship Programme for Sudanese Students

Sudan

410

Training Scheme Phase II

 

1,400

Reflect Literacy Programme ( GOAL )

 

421

UNICEF Southern Sudan Go-to-School

 

1,777

UNICEF Education Project Abyei

 

2,000

 

 

 

Research on Poverty Alleviation

Tanzania

900

Support to Hakielmu ( NGO )

 

1,100

Education Sector Technical Assistance Support

 

180

 

 

 

Zambia Education Sector Wide Approach

Zambia

19,000

 

 

 

Education Expertise

SADC (1)

300

Mapping of Higher Education

 

240

 

 

 

Association of African Universities : Revitalising Education

Africa Regional

3,500

Association for Development of Education in Africa : Books Working Group

 

220

Financing for Development

 

100

African Virtual University Board Participation

 

25

(1) SADC: Southern Africa Development Coordination Committee


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