LONDON (AFP) — Four new teacher training facilities are to be built
in rural areas of Rwanda and Malawi under a scheme announced Thursday
by Britain, Kigali, Blantyre and charities involving Bob Geldof and
The 4.7-million-pound (5.9-million-euro,
9.3-million-dollar) initiative will see up to 4,000 new teachers
trained within a decade, cutting existing class sizes and allowing
thousands of children to go to school for the first time.
Band Aid and The Hunter Foundation, set up by Scottish philanthropist
Tom Hunter, will put in the cash to build and fit out the facilities,
with Britain, Rwanda and Malawi funding the remaining costs.
US president Clinton, Hunter and Geldof were at the launch of the
scheme with the ambassadors of Rwanda and Malawi at a ceremony at the
headquarters of Britain's Department for International Development in
Achieving universal primary education by 2015 is one of the United Nations' eight Millennium Development Goals.
said the initiative would try to fill "a big hole in a huge need that
Rwanda and Malawi have for 20,000 more primary school teachers."