24 January 2013

Tanzania: Underprivileged Girls Get Education Boost From UK

GIRLS in rural areas and deprived communities in the country are set to receive education through Camfed Tanzania, which is among 14 programmes that will receive funding of 168 million sterling pounds from the United Kingdom government, in the first phase of Girls Education Challenge.

A statement issued by the Department for International Development noted that the funding will support the education of girls from some of the most rural and deprived communities in Africa and Afghanistan.

Camfed Tanzania is currently issuing bursary support to 6,310 girls, covering everything from school fees to learning materials, according to their website. According to Camfed Tanzania, they are able to support thousands of girls all the way through to advanced secondary education but are faced with several challenges, including shortage of teachers and vital resources such as textbooks and equipment.

Other recipients of the UK government funding include Plan International (Sierra Leone), International Rescue Committee (DRC), Save the Children (Ethiopia and Mozambique), Camfed (Zimbabwe) and World University Service, Canada (Kenya).

Others are Aga Khan Foundation (Afghanistan), Child Hope (Ethiopia), Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (Afghanistan), World Vision, UK (Zimbabwe), CfBT (Kenya), Relief International (Somalia) and Care (Somalia).

Making the announcement of the funding yesterday, International Development Secretary, Ms Justine Greening said the fourteen new programmes will give 550,000 girls who have had little or no opportunity to go to school the chance to receive quality and long-term education. The UK government has prioritised girls' education as one of the four pillars of the women and girls strategy.

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