Last week, on the margins of the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings, the Minister of Finance of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Henri Yav Mulang, signed an agreement for a US$100 million grant from GPE for the country’s Education Quality Improvement Project (EQUIP).
The World Bank, through its country director for DRC, Ahmadou Moustapha Ndiaye, co-signed the agreement as GPE grant agent.
This is the second grant of US$100 million to DRC, with 30% of the grant based on results that the country selected in learning and equity.
The grant will help the government strengthen its education system to improve student’s reading skills, ensure children complete primary school and enhance the governance of the overall education sector.
This will include providing textbooks in local languages, supporting early childhood education, and improving teacher training. In addition, the grant will support the country's focus on retention in first grade, better reading skills, and improved equity through the elimination of fees for all primary schools across the country.