Germany rolled out Thursday (Feb. 9) the final version of a 10-point strategy that will guide the country’s engagement in efforts to improve the quality of education around the world.
The strategy was presented by Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Dirk Niebel, who stressed the importance of education in meeting global development goals. As part of the strategy, Niebel announced Germany will review its bilateral education assistance across all partner countries. He added that in Africa, there are plans to increase German education aid to €137 million ($182 million) in 2013. This is double what the country provided for the sector in 2009, the minister said.
The strategy. the first in BMZ’s 50-year history, straddles all levels of learning — from primary education to higher and adult education. The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development said this is in line with its holistic approach to education sector funding. Among the key areas in the strategy are the improvement of gender equality in education and promotion of innovative funding approaches.
Germany first introduced a draft of the strategy in March 2011, when it sought feedback from state agencies, civil society groups and other stakeholders.
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