Moza gets US$39m for education
A memorandum to that effect was signed in Maputo on Tuesday by Education Minister Aires Aly and Dutch Ambassador Lidi Remmelzwaal, on behalf of the six donor countries ‘ namely Holland, Canada, Ireland, Britain, Germany, and Finland. Speaking shortly after the signing ceremony, Remmelzwaal said that this sum will be increased to 50 million US dollars in 2007. For the period 2002/2004, when this education initiative was launched, donors disbursed 49 million US dollars. For his part, Aly thanked the gesture, describing it as the result of joint efforts by the government and its cooperation partners to seek assistance to help deal with the budget deficit in the education sector. “This support will allow us to plan better and complement what the country cannot produce, thus contributing towards attaining the Millennium Development Goals. We will do all in our power to speed up the ongoing reform plan in this sector”. He added that this money will be used in teacher training and the building of new schools to guarantee access to the about one million children who are currently not attending school. During the same ceremony, Aly signed a memorandum of intentions with Jose Angelo Rajoy, the coordinator of the Salesian Training Network, to extend education and improve the quality of education. Rajoy explained that this agreement, aimed at developing technical and professional education, will cover the training of teachers and managers, to enable the country to adjust itself to globalization and regional integration. In 2001, the Salesian Network funded the building of two new schools in Inhambane and Tete provinces, helped rehabilitate the Lhanguene Secondary School, in Maputo, and supplied training equipment for a variety of courses. As part of this programme, a new training centre for managers of technical and professional education is to be inaugurated in the Maputo suburb of Luis Cabral before the end of this year. ‘ Mozambique News Agency.