Netherlands to give Euro 5M for BRAC University

March 24, 2009

BSS, Dhaka
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) will give euro 5 million (approximately Taka 50.4 crore) to support to the Institute for Educational Development (IED) of BRAC university for over five years under the Netherlands Development Programme.
An agreement to this effect was signed here on Monday between the Netherlands Ambassador Bea ten Tusscher and chairperson of BRAC Fazle H. Abed at a simple ceremony held at the Westin Hotel, an embassy press release said.
Under the terms of this agreement, IED will use the Dutch support to implement the Educational Research, Training and Advocacy Program (ERTAP) whose objective is to improve quality, equity and efficiency in the education system.
ERTAP targets primary and secondary education through interlinked activities design and testing of teaching, training and learning materials, degree and diploma courses and policy dialogue. The goal is to complement and support government efforts through partnership and collaboration.
In her remarks, the Dutch ambassador acknowledged the remarkable progress of Bangladesh in expanding primary education.
She recognized the complementary role of NGOs’ in achieving universal primary education and emphasized the strategic importance of effective partnering between IED and the Ministry of Education.
The Dutch ambassador also expressed her appreciation for the joint efforts of government and NGOs to substantially improve the quality of teaching and learning and to reach the excluded, hard- to-reach school-age children.
In his remarks, the BRAC chairperson emphasized the importance of the collaboration between IED and the national systems to improve human resources in education system in Bangladesh.

Courtesy of The New Nation

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