Rwanda and UK sign agreement to support education

By AT editor - 12 September 2015 at 6:06 pm

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The United Kingdom and Rwanda signed a financing agreement yesterday worth £30.5m aimed at supporting basic education programmes.

The grant will last for four-years and will be directed the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and is predicted to improve the Ministry of Education’s Learning-For-All programme, reported The New Times.

The agreement is intended to deliver improve learning in Rwanda as well as equitable access to both primary and secondary education, said Claver Gatete, the Minister for Finance and Economic Planning during the signing ceremony.

“This grant comes to support Rwanda’s ambition of building a knowledge-based economy,” Gatete stated.

The grant will be given over four fiscal years initially starting at £10.5 million for 2015/16; £8 million for 2016/17; £7 million for 2017/18; and for the final instalment £5 million for 2018/19.

The UK’s minister of State for International Development and Africa, Grant Shapps emphasised that supporting Rwanda’s education sector is key to its economic development.

“Through the Learning-For-All programme, the UK will continue supporting the Government of Rwanda to achieve its vision of economic transformation and poverty reduction, particularly for women and girls,” said Shapps.

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