FIRST LADY AND EU AMBASSADOR DISCUSS COOPERATION IN EDUCATION SECTOR
The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Mrs. Janet Museveni has held a meeting with the European Union Ambassador to Uganda H.E Attilio Pacifici to discuss further cooperation between the EU and the Education Sector in Uganda.
The meeting held at State House Nakasero on Thursday was attended by Senior Officers from the Ministry of Education and Sports led by the Permanent Secretary Alex Kakooza, plus the Head of Cooperation at the EU Delegation Cedric Merel and the Head of ECHO (Humanitarian Aid) Office Isabelle D’haudt who accompanied the EU head of delegation.
Mrs. Janet Museveni welcomed Ambassador Attilio Pacifici to Uganda and appreciated the EU’s support to the Education Sector over the years. She said the Ministry of Education were happy to learn about the new programmes EU is now focusing on and wanted to explore how best they can cooperate with EU on the upcoming projects like Refugee Education Cannot Wait Programme and others.
She also requested that the EU renews its support to the Health Training Institutions like it did between 2002 and 2010 improving infrastructure for 15 Health Training Institutions and supplying training equipment and educational materials plus the retooling of staff.
Ambassador Attilio Pacifici confirmed that the European Union is supporting the Refugee Response in Uganda and education is one of the sectors focused on. He said that EU will continue supporting vocational training. He also talked about EU’s contribution to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and the Education Cannot Wait (ECW) Fund which also support the Education Sector in Uganda. He added that the EU plans to create a conducive environment that will attract both the African and European Private Sector to invest in Africa.
The Education Sector Permanent Secretary Alex Kakooza also appreciated the EU for its contribution to the construction of infrastructure in the health training institutions and building the capacity of human resource in the health sector plus the support through GPE and ECW towards infrastructure development in the education sector and the production of the Refugee Education Response Plan for Uganda.
He however pointed out that the health training institutions still have shortage of infrastructure and requested the EU to renew their support towards the construction and equipping of skills laboratories, classes, and accommodation plus the retooling of staff.
Mrs. Janet Museveni requested that the discussion between the Education Ministry and European Union on the future areas of support continues through the technical people from both sides.