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PRESS RELEASE April 1, 2021

New Grant to Improve Primary, Secondary Education in Afghanistan, Especially for Girls

Washington, D.C., April 01, 2021

The EQRA project is supported by the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank Group's fund for the poorest countries, the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), a multi-stakeholder partnership that aims to strengthen education systems in lower-income countries.

"Afghanistan has made much progress in improving education in the last two decades, but 3.5 million children remain out of school, and half of the country's schools still have minimal infrastructure," said Henry Kerali, World Bank Country Director for Afghanistan"This additional financing will help the Afghan government create a better learning environment and enroll more children in schools."

“Girls’ education is one of the smartest investments a country can make: it boosts economic growth, curbs infant mortality and improves child nutrition,” said Alice Albright, Chief Executive Officer of GPE. “GPE will continue to do its part so that millions of girls and boys, especially the most vulnerable, can go to school and learn.”

The World Bank and its partners are dedicated to supporting the government of Afghanistan to improve primary and secondary education.

About the Global Partnership for Education

GPE is a shared commitment to ending the world’s learning crisis. We mobilize partners and funds to support up to 90 lower-income countries and territories to transform their education systems so that every girl and boy can get the quality education they need to unlock their full potential and contribute to building a better world.



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