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EU offers 6.9m euro educational grant to Cambodia
Publication Date : 30-01-2013
The European Union said it donated 6.9 million euro (US$9.31 million) to the Cambodian government today for 5,000 secondary school scholarships for poor students.
Ambassador Jean-Francois Cautain, head of the EU Delegation to Cambodia, handed the check to Education Minister Im Sethy and Ros Seilava, deputy secretary general at the Ministry of Economy and Finance.
The grant follows 7.7 million euro in EU assistance in 2011 which was used to buy textbooks
Ambassador Jean-Francois Cautain noted the need to increase government resources to the sector, better target interventions towards disadvantaged areas and populations and emphasise quality of education.
"I am very glad that discussions about these issues are bringing tangible results" he said.
"We know that public finance management systems in Cambodia are far from perfect.
"But our approach is to use the existing systems while helping to strengthen them, rather than using parallel systems which are adding a burden to government and are not sustainable".
Cautain was speaking at a workshop to finalise the formulation of a new EU-Cambodia Education Support Programme for 2014-16.
The EU said most of the funds would be provided as budget support. "It is also envisaged to sign a partnership agreement with Unicef to support capacity development as well as targeted interventions in early childhood education, bilingual education and support access for disabled children," a statement said.