For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
June 20, 2002
Fact Sheet: Africa Education Intiative
Africa Education Initiative
Today at the Leon Sullivan Summit in Washington D.C., the President will announce a doubling of funds for the African Education Initiative announced last July, bringing our total spending to $200 million over the next 5 years.
Improving Africa's Education
African children are the future of the continent. Their education is key to future economic growth and lasting democracy, leading to greater stability and improved standards of living. The current state of education in Africa, however, is plagued by a lack of funds, teachers, textbooks, and transparency. Consider:
The multi-year basic education initiative, Strengthening Basic Education in Africa, provides needed training and materials to both teachers and students. With this additional funding, many African students will receive textbooks written in their local language and girls will receive scholarships covering the cost of tuition. Likewise, new and existing teachers will receive the needed training to educate children more effectively.
This Initiative will provide $200 million to: