CAMEROON has beaten Nigeria to clinch the .8 million Global Partnership for Education (GPE) fund to support the education of 36,500 children displaced by conflict and violence in neighbouring countries.
Cameroon is bordered by Nigeria to the west and north; Chad to the northeast; the CentralAfrican Republic to the east; and Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and the Republic of the Congo to the south.
The donor said that the new funding would help the Government of Cameroon to provide schooling for children fleeing from conflict in Central African Republic, Chad and Nigeria. Unicef More than half of the 3.3 million people who have sought refuge in Cameroon are school-age children with urgent education needs.
The Chief Executive Officer, Global Partnership for Education (GPE), Alice Albright while congratulating the Government of Cameroon said:We congratulate the Government of Cameroon for supporting education programs for refugee children and are pleased to be able to respond quickly to their request for help. Albright, who stated that GPE had determined to ensure that no child misses the opportunity to unlock his or her full potential, adding that her organisation was pleased to provide urgent support for children whose lives have been torn apart by crisis while ensuring a long-term development perspective.
Her words: ‘’Responding to urgent education needs of refugee and displaced children as well as children of host communities far-North, East and Adamawa regions of Cameroon, the grant will help local schools to prepare accelerated learning programs for 1,000 children currently not in school, build 300 primary classrooms and 32 latrine blocks and help promote good health and better hygienic practices at school, including by providing 2,000 hygienic kits to girls in the upper grades. UNICEF, as GPE grant agent, will implement the program in partnership with the government and other partners.
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