Canada has pledged 40 million Canadian dollars (USD40.2 million) for two projects that it said “will secure a better future for children and the people of Bangladesh.”
Part of the funding will cover the costs of the BRAC Education Program’s second phase, which aims to enhance the quality of training for primary and secondary teachers and that of state-backed schools focusing on increased enrollment. The rest of the money will go toward a program that seeks to strengthen the Bangladeshi government’s capacity in economic planning, budgeting and financial resource management.
“Canada is proud that its long history working in Bangladesh has resulted in steady economic and social progress, however it remains a country in great need. Children, particularly those from minority ethnic groups, the poorest families and remote rural areas, are not receiving the education they need for a better future,” Minister of International Cooperation Beverley J. Oda said in a Jan. 21 news release. “By focusing our efforts, Canada will make a difference in the quality of life of thousands of children in Bangladesh. Sustainable progress to improve the education systems, as well as improving the capacity of the government to provide needed services while supporting economic growth will make a real difference for those in need.”
Bangladesh is among those designated by Canada as priority recipients of its development assistance.