VIENTIANE, March 28 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has provided 4.5 million U.S. dollars for Education and WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) to Laos through the Schools Multiple Year Work Plan 2017-2018.
The signing of the Education and WASH funding was held in Lao capital Vientiane on Tuesday, signed by Sengdeuane Lachanthaboun, Minister of Education and Sports, and Gao Hongwei, UNICEF Representative to Laos.
The program will be implemented in the three provinces of Phongsaly, Savannakhet and Champassack, said Lao News Agency (KPL) on Tuesday.
The cooperation will also support capacity building at sub-national level (province and district education authorities), implementation of the WASH package, including behavioral change communication interventions on sustainable use of WASH facilities and hygiene practise, in over 100 primary schools of selected provinces, and support the review and revision of guidelines, standards and designs of packages for WASH facilities in schools.
The cooperation between UNICEF and the Ministry of Education and Sports will ensure that children, especially the most disadvantaged and those in hard-to-reach areas, have access to quality early childhood education (ECE) and basic education services, and complete the basic education cycle with improved learning outcomes. It also will ensure access to basic water, sanitation and hygiene services for pre and primary school students including practicing hygiene behaviors daily.
The cooperation will support the development and implementation of national education policies, plans and standards for enhancing enabling environment of the education sector, including the national pre-school and primary curricula, and expand equitable access to quality ECE and primary services, especially in remote and disadvantaged communities, focusing on improving students' learning outcomes.
The implementation of the quality education package for ECE and primary schools, including teacher training, pedagogical support and teaching-learning materials, enhanced engagement of parents, care-givers and communities through parenting education and scaling up of the communitybased school readiness program, said the report.
CAIRO Andrew Ference Oilers Jersey , Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- Arab Parliament Speaker Mishaal al-Salami on Thursday urged President of the Iraqi Kurdistan region Masoud Barzani to postpone an independence referendum scheduled for next week.
Salami issued the call in a cable sent to Barzani, the Egyptian state-run Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported, quoting a statement issued by the Arab Parliament.
The plebiscite should be replaced by dialogue to reach a compromise guaranteeing the rights of all parties and maintaining the unity and stability of Iraq Andrej Sekera Oilers Jersey , Salami said.
Arab Parliament is keen on protecting the rights of the Kurdish people, Salami added.
He also expressed his appreciation of Barzani's contribution to defeating the terror group Islamic State (IS) and his help to the displaced Iraqis who fled to the Kurdistan region as IS militants occupied their cities.
On June 7, Barzani announced his intention to hold a referendum on Sept. 25 on seeking independence of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region from Iraq.
The international community Adam Larsson Oilers Jersey , especially Iraq's neighboring countries such as Iran, Turkey and Syria, have voiced strong opposition to the move Zack Kassian Jersey , fearing it would undermine Iraq's territorial integrity and destabilize the region by inspiring the huge Kurdish population in their own country to follow suit.
The Iraqi government has warned that it could use force if the referendum leads to violence.
After Barzani refused their repeated calls to call off the referendum, Iraq, Iran and Turkey agreed on Thursday to take countermeasures if the Kurds go ahead with the referendum next week.
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CAIRO, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- Egypt received on Friday the firstGowind 2500 corvette from the French company Naval Group, thestate-run Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported.
The delivery of this corvette is part of a contract signed in2014 Ryan Smyth Jersey , under which Egypt is to acquire four corvettes from France,according to MENA.
The first was built in France, while the three others will bebuilt in Egypt under a technology transfer program.
Commander of the Egyptian Navy Ahmed Khaled and his Frenchcounterpart Christophe Prazuck as well as Herve Guillou Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Jersey , Presidentand CEO of Naval Group, attended the hand-over ceremony at theLorient Port in France.
During the ceremony, Khaled raised the Egyptian flag on theGowind 2500 corvette before leaving for Egypt.
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In recent years, Egypt has signed several multibillion-dollararms deals with European countries to boost its militarycapabilities amid regional turmoil and conflicts. Enditem
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