UNICEF seeks to improve education for children in Asia

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An estimated 26 million children who are out of school in the Asia and Pacific regions are to benefit from an initiative by the United Nations Children's Fund UNICEF to improve access and quality of education in the region.

The Schools for Asia programme is aimed at helping the most marginalized, excluded and vulnerable children, including girls and children from ethnic minorities.

Countries targeted by the project include Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Laos, Mongolia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.

UNICEF hopes to mobilize up to 70 million dollars from donors to undertake the programme.

Leotes Helin from UNICEF's regional office in Bangkok says the Schools for Asia is building on a similar project undertaken in Africa and which has to date benefited over 5.5 million children.

"Schools for Asia is not just about building schools. At the heart of this initiative is ensuring the provision of quality education for all children through the child friendly schools approach. The aim is basically to influence national policy, build and strengthen country capacity, introduce innovation and also scale up good practices to improve access, to quality education. Some examples of activities at the country level will be the training of teachers, improving the curriculum, provision of quality learning materials, improving teaching learning processes and even getting the involvement of the parents and the community."

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