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GEP funds to help vulnerable African children continue with education

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The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) on Thursday announced an initial contribution of 60 million U.S. dollars for five new grants to support the education of up to 30.5 million children in Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda and Zambia affected by coronavirus-related school closures.

The fund will ensure countries can benefit from learning and best practices, said GPE in a statement sent to Xinhua in Lagos, Nigeria’s economic hub.

“GPE’s COVID-19 education grants will help our partner countries ensure that all girls and boys can keep learning through distance education options that reach everyone, and support teachers and schools so that the most vulnerable children are not left behind,” said Alice Albright, GPE’s chief executive officer.

“Even short disruptions in learning can have a devastating impact, especially for girls and the most marginalized,” Albright added.

The five grants, according to GEP, will boost governments’ efforts to ensure that children can continue learning while schools are closed, support teachers and parents to provide quality learning at home and meet children’s psycho-social needs.

It added that GPE funds will ensure that remote learning reaches the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children, including girls, children with special needs and disabilities, and children without access to electricity or internet connectivity.

GPE is a partnership and funding platform that galvanizes global and national support for education in developing countries, focusing on the poorest and most vulnerable children and youth.

(XINHUA)