Sao Tome and Principe may achieve just three Millennium Development Goals

20 September 2010

Sao Tome, Sao Tome and Principe, 20 Sept – The Sao Tome and Principe authorities may achieve three of the Millennium Development Goals with the most significant advances made in primary universal education, a UNICEF official said in Sao Tome.

Ruth Leal, the UNICEf coordinator for education told Portuguese news agency Lusa that the three goals that Sao Tome and Principe may achieve by 2015 were universal primary education, the reduction of infant mortality and improved maternal health.

But it is in access to primary education that the country has one of the most significant indicators, with a net schooling rate of around 83 percent, which is expected to reach 100 percent by 2015, the coordinator said.

In the last six years, investments in the education sector have totalled over US$8 million, provided by the World Bank for the refurbishment and construction of at least 16 new classrooms across the six districts of Sao Tome Island and the autonomous region of Principe.

The cash was also applied to train teachers, director and inspectors as well as re-equipping schools with desks and other necessary equipment.

Eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, universal primary education, promoting gender equality and women, reducing infant mortality, improving maternal healthcare and combating AIDS, Malaria and other diseases, ensuring environmental sustainability and lastly developing a global partnership for development are the eight Millennium Development Goals.

Achieving them all by 2015 will be under analysis at the summit, which is due to begin Monday in new York, and which will be attended by the representatives of the around 140 UN member-states including Sao Tome and Principe. (macauhub)