UK launches £89 million Shule Bora education initiative in Tanzania
NNN: Vicky Ford has launched a major new education initiative that will improve the quality of and access to education for more than 4 million children in Tanzania; The £89 million Shule Bora program will improve learning outcomes for all children, with a particular focus on girls, children living with disabilities and those living in disadvantaged areas; In her first visit to the country, the Minister has also met with President Samia Suluhu Hassan.
UK Minister for Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Vicky Ford, has launched a major new education initiative that will improve quality and access to education for more than 4 million children in Tanzania.
The Shule Bora (meaning ‘quality education’) educational program will improve learning outcomes for all children. Special emphasis will be given to girls, children living with disabilities and those living in disadvantaged areas.
Thanks to UK funding, 15.6 million children around the world have been supported to get an education between 2015 and 2020, including 8.1 million girls.
Minister Vicky Ford MP, said:
The UK is a world leader in education and we firmly believe that education is crucial to raising standards across the world. We remain committed to improving access to high-quality education throughout Africa. That is why we are launching the Shule Bora program here in Tanzania, to give the most vulnerable children the opportunity to learn.
That includes prioritizing the education of girls, who are too often denied their right to learn. Sadly, it is often girls who are left behind and that is why our top priority is educating girls, making the world a safer and more prosperous place for all of us.
I had the pleasure of meeting President Samia Suluhu Hassan again. I welcomed the President’s commitment to strengthening education across the country and thanked her for her support in launching our important education initiative, which will be truly transformational for millions of schoolchildren here.
The Shule Bora program is funded directly by UK Official Development Assistance. It will improve learning outcomes for all children, in particular girls, children with disabilities and those living in disadvantaged areas. The program will strengthen the Tanzanian teaching workforce and support the Government of Tanzania in strengthening the value for money of school-based education provision.
On her first visit to Tanzania, the minister held high-level talks with President Samia Suluhu Hassan and Foreign Minister Liberata Mulamula, where they were also able to discuss mutual priorities, including the Ukraine crisis, the business environment and climate change.
The British High Commissioner to Tanzania, David Concar, said:
Minister Ford’s visit to Tanzania to launch our flagship educational program and meeting with the President are important indications of the rich and ever-expanding relationship between the UK and Tanzania.
The Minister also saw first-hand how the UK’s expertise and assistance is helping the Tanzanian authorities in the fields of security and justice. In a meeting with the Ministry of Investment, Industry and Trade later today, Minister Ford will discuss recent developments in improving Tanzania’s business environment and explore the potential for greater UK trade access to Tanzania.
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