Donors Partner to Boost Education in Southern Philippines

    International and local donors will partner to repair some 600 classrooms and purchase more than 1 million books in a bid to provide quality education in several conflict-torn areas in the Philippine region of Mindanao, the Manila Bulletin reports.

    The repair of the classrooms will be jointly funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Petron Foundation under an ongoing USAID education development project in southwestern Mindanao and the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao.

    The U.S.-based Brother’s Brother Foundation will donate 1.8 million books, while USAID and local nonprofit, the National Bookstore Foundation, will provide 48,000 dictionaries for elementary schools in the region. USAID will also partner with Microsoft to host computer training sessions for more than 1,000 teachers in these schools.

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