AusAid sets aside $40M for education aid to Eastern Visayas

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Sunday, March 23, 2014


AUSTRALIAN Aid (AusAid) is setting aside AUS$40 million of the AUS$150-million grant to the Philippine Government for the education assistance in Eastern Visayas.

The financial grant to the Philippine government is for the Basic Education Sector Transformation in support to the “K to 12” education program of the government.

Australian Aid acting minister counselor Geoff King, who met heads of tertiary academic institutions in Tacloban and Leyte, said that although they are providing assistance to college schools, their main focus is the primary education in partnership with the Department of Education.

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King said they are helping the Philippine government in modernizing education through conducting teachers’ trainings for improvement of teaching skills, building better and resilient classrooms, and strengthening the education system using the funds from the grant.

The grant will help train teachers, provide support for students, and build 1,000 new classrooms.

Half of these schools beneficiaries are located in communities affected by Typhoon Yolanda.

“We prioritize the region because of the typhoon. Hopefully, we will start this project soon,” King said.

Aside from education, they are also focusing in the disaster risk reduction, in partnership with the United Nations in Tacloban City and Leyte province.

Next year, the Australian government will also provide AUS million to support the livelihood and infrastructure development. (PNA)

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