Australia Contributes to Solomons Education Initiative

Australia is co-financing a fee-free education initiative benefiting 145,000 children in the Solomon Islands. The donation of 3 million Australian dollars (USD2.7 million) will add to the resources pooled from the Solomon and New Zealand governments.

“Australia is delighted to be working closely with the Solomon Islands Government to support progress towards Millennium Development Goal 2, which aims to give children everywhere the chance to go to school,” said Australian Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance Bob McMullan in a press release.

He said Australia is also supporting infrastructure improvements in Solomon schools in 2010 and announced grants of 75,000 Australian dollars for Solomons-based non-governmental organizations to provide food, water containers and tarpaulins to people affected by the recent cyclone.

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    Eliza Villarino is an associate editor for Devex and leads the company's news team in Manila. She played a critical role in conceptualizing the Development Newswire. Prior to joining Devex in 2004, she has already published articles and news briefs for Internet media organizations and for the Institute for Ethics and Economic Policy at Fordham University in New York. She earned her bachelor's in political science and master's in public affairs from the University of the Philippines. Eliza is a member of Mensa Philippines.