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Sunday, September 27, 2020

Over US$11m World Bank grant for Gambian education

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The World Bank Country Director for The Gambia, Vera Songwe said through bankrolling the READ project, it is to support The Gambia to increase access to basic education, improve the quality of teaching and learning for primary school students, and support critical behavior changes to reinforce governance of the education system.

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She said the grant will help some 290,000 children gain the knowledge and skills they need to move out of poverty and to live healthy and productive lives. The objectives of the READ project include helping increase access to basic education especially for underserved populations, improving the quality of teaching and learning in lower basic schools, and strengthening education systems using results based approach. 

Madam Songwe said although education enrollment in The Gambia has significantly improved over the last decade, the number of out of school children has not been reduced due to the rapid population growth in the country.

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