Sao Tome and Principe: World Bank grants US$3.6 million for basic schooling

1 April 2009

Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe, 1 April – The World Bank Tuesday granted the government of Sao Tome and Principe US$3.6 million to carry out projects in the area of universal basic schooling, with a duration of 18 months.

The announcement was made by Geraldo Martins, the World Bank envoy to Sao Tome And Principe to take part in the launch of the project known as “Fast Track” education in the country’s capital.

The archipelago’s authorities requested to be part of the Fast Track initiative in 2006. Despite not having an updated or quantified plan for reducing poverty at the time, that request was granted in 2007.

The donation from the World Bank to the education sector will be used to refurbish and build classrooms, buy equipment for nursery and primary schools, curricular reforms, writing new text books and training teachers. (macauhub)