UK donates £37 mln for education, fighting poverty

Britain will provide Vietnam £37 million (US$59 million) to reduce poverty and enhance quality schooling through its Department for International Development, an official said on September 30.

Sue Wardell, the DFID’s regional director for Northeast Asia, said £20 million would go towards the Poverty Reduction Support Credit (PRSC) and the rest for the School Education Quality Assurance Program (SEQAP), a full-day schooling program in Vietnam.

The latter aims to improve the quality of primary education and help children from disadvantaged groups access quality education through 2013. It is a joint program with the World Bank and Belgium.

The Poverty Reduction Support Credit will be transferred to the Government, enabling it to tackle pressing needs like mitigating the impact of the global economic crisis.

By Uyen Phuong

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