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Cape Verde prepares to join Global Partnership for Education

United Nations, Praia, July 8, 2014 -

in 2002, the Global Partnership for Education is a multilateral partnership, which brings together some 60 underdeveloped countries, donor countries, international organizations, the private sector, teachers and civil society groups, which seeks to provide quality education for all children in the world.

Following the meeting which took place on the 30th May, on the occasion of the visit of the representative of UNICEF and member of the Global Partnership for Education Secretariat, Blandine Ledoux, a second one took place on the 18th of July, bringing together national and international education partners, with the purpose of conceiving a strategic plan to submit Cape Verde’s application to join the Global Partnership for Education, while also officially constituting the Group of Local Partners.

At the meeting, which was presided by the Minister of Education and Sports, Fernanda Marques, the resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Cape Verde and Representative of UNICEF, Ulrika Richardson, quoting the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on the importance of investing in a quality education, highlighted how education is not simply a moral imperative, but a moral choice, underscoring the double challenge that Cape Verde faces, not only as an island nation, but also as the second country in the world to rise from the category of Less Developed Countries. “This global partnership has acknowledged the will of Cape Verde in investing in education, but the country is also faced with challenges which may be turned into opportunities for development and, above all, for education.”

The meeting, which included the presence of representatives from national unions, was also meant to define the Coordinative and the Fund Management Agencies.

According to the Minister, Fernanda Marques, this global partnership should be regarded as a new means for promoting world wide cooperation and education, and therefore Cape Verde’s accession should be viewed with renewed importance, in order to implement the actions defined in the new strategic plan for education. “It is necessary to develop the sector of education sustainably, through the inclusion of all relevant parties.”, added the Minister.
It should be highlighted that the Global Partnership for Education facilitates the access of developing countries to technical and financial assistance, in order for governments to develop high quality educational programmes and to adopt strategies deemed adequate and efficient, guaranteeing that all children are enrolled in school and are provided with quality education.
This Global Partnership for Education, funded through contributions from different countries (which can been seen here http://www.globalpartnership.org/donors), builds on bilateral and multilateral partnerships that join institutions, civil society, the private sector, beyond the developing countries (http://www.globalpartnership.org/about-GPE).

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