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UK donates £47 million for poverty-stricken Afghan girls' education projects

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UK donates £47 million for poverty-stricken Afghan girls' education projects

UKThe UK government has pledged a grant of £47 million to fund education projects for underprivileged young girls of Afghanistan.

An agreement to that effect was signed between UK’s Development Secretary Justine Greening and Afghan Finance Minister Dr. Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal on Wednesday.

“Afghanistan has shown remarkable progress on girls’ education over the past decade but more remains to be done,” said Zakhilwal.“Investing in girls’ education is one of the government’s high priorities and we are grateful for the United Kingdom’s continued generous support for the development of Afghanistan”.

Contributed through the UK Girls’ Education Challenge Fund, the grant would benefit a total of 255,000 girls by 2016 through provision of access to good quality education.

“Education is an Afghanistan success story, and one that the British people can be proud to have played a part in. Every year, there are more children in school, new schools built and more teachers trained – and two million girls now go to school, up from virtually zero under the Taliban,” said Greening. “But if these girls are to play a full role in building a brighter future for their country, there is still much to be done. The additional support is an important step, giving over a quarter of a million more Afghan girls the chance to improve their lives and receive a quality education.”



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