China signs Funds-in-Trust Agreement with UNESCO to support Education Development in Africa
The Director-General signed an agreement with the People’s Republic of China establishing an USD 8 million funds-in-trust to support educational development in Africa over four years, with a special focus on teachers. The agreement was signed on 2 March 2012 by Hao Ping, Vice-Minister of Education and Chairman of the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO, and Director-General Irina Bokova.
The Funds-in-Trust, the first ever established with the People’s Republic of China, were first discussed when the Director-General met with President Hu Jintao in Shenzhen in August 2011.
“This is a historic moment that gives me great hope for the future of our Organization,” said the Director-General, thanking the Government for its confidence and support. “These Funds-in-Trust will support Education for All, our top priority, and concentrate on teacher development in Africa. This is where the greatest challenges rest and I know that jointly we can make a difference.”
“The Chinese people and Government attach great importance to our good cooperation with UNESCO,” said Vice-Minister Hao Ping. “These Funds-in-Trust are just a beginning and we wish that their establishment will also set a good example for the Organization.”
The Vice-Minister also drew attention to his country’s efforts to ensure the success of the Third International Congress on Technical and Vocational Education and Training taking place from 13-16 May 2012 in Shanghai.
The Government of China’s initial support to UNESCO’s educational activities in Africa came in 2007 with a contribution of $USD 1 million that benefited the UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa, based in Ethiopia, and the International Centre for Girls and Women’s Education in Burkina Faso.