17 January 2014

Angola: Government and World Bank Accord Attributes U.S. $75 Million to Education

Luanda — The national education system was attributed as from Thursday USD 75 million, fruit of an agreement signed in Luanda between the Angolan government and International Development Agency of the World Bank.

The amount will be channeled to the "Learning for All Project", a tool created by the government in order to improve the teachers' competence and assist in the management of schools and assessment of students in primary school.

About 500.000 students in 980 primary schools in various parts of the country will benefit from the project, whose implementation timeline covers the period between 2014/2018.

Under the same project, at least 24.300 teachers, municipal and provincial staff of the Ministry of Education will have access to training.

The implementation of the referred project, an instrument to take into account in the materialization of the National Development Plan for 2013-2017 period, also has a financial reinforcement of the government estimated at five million dollars.

The accord was signed by the Angolan Minister of Planning and Territorial Development, Job Graça and the regional vice-president of the World Bank for Africa, Makhtar Diop.

Briefly, Job Graça said that the "Learning for All Project" will contribute to the achievement of the goals of the National Development Plan in the Education sector.

"In this plan, we intend to improve and enhance the quality of education at all levels of the education system, focusing on the training of the teaching staff and the evaluation and learning system", he stressed.

On his turn, the regional vice president of the World Bank for Africa said that the agreement reflects on an excellent relationship between the Angolan government and his institution.

"It is an important agreement, considering the weight that the education sector has for building a country", he added.

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