PM announces support for education in southwest Colombia

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced Canadian support for an initiative that will help children in the Colombian provinces of Cauca and Nariño gain better access to quality education.

“One of Canada’s development priorities in Colombia and the broader Americas is to help young people go to school and stay in school so that they can secure brighter futures,” said Prime Minister Harper. “The project announced today will help vulnerable children and youth in southwest Colombia receive the education they need to succeed.”

The Protecting Child Education Rights in Southwest Colombia initiative will help approximately 39,800 children who do not currently attend school gain access to education and will help improve the quality of learning for approximately 80,800 children who are currently enrolled. This will also help protect the young people of Cauca and Nariño from violence and armed conflict.

The initiative, which is supported by the Canadian International Development Agency and the Government of Colombia, will be implemented over five years (2013-2018) by a consortium comprised of Save the Children Canada and the Norwegian Refugee Council.

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