The Global Partnership for Education is allocating a grant of US$7 million via UNICEF to help respond to and mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s education in Laos.
According to the UNICEF Laos Office, the grant agreement was signed on Thursday between Deputy Minister of Education and Sports, Associate Professor Dr Phouth Simmalavong, and UNICEF Representative, Dr Pia Britto.
The signing was witnessed by representatives from the Australian Embassy, the European Union, Save the Children and other development partners.
As part of the agreement, UNICEF will manage the funding as a grant agent in coordination with the Australian Embassy as the GPE Coordinating Agency.
Activities will be implemented under the leadership of the Ministry of Education and Sports in close coordination with various development partners via the Education Sector Working Group mechanism co-chaired by the ministry, Australia, and the European Union, as well as the Education Cluster mechanism co-led by the ministry, Save the Children and UNICEF.