Kathmandu: The European Union (EU) today gave about 480 million Nepali Rupees to Nepal to help its education sector which was badly hit by devastating earthquakes and Madhesi protests.
"The education sector suffered very badly due to the earthquakes and also the agitation later in 2015 and needs specific attention during the reconstruction phase," a statement said.
The EU is already providing 650 Transitional Learning Centres and this budget support can further help to bring the sector back on track, EU Ambassador Rensje Teerink said.
The 4.1 million Euro payment by the EU is the third fixed tranche of its current budget support to the Education sector totalling 31,200,000 Euros (equivalent to approximately 3.7 billion Nepali Rupees) for the School Sector Reform Programme (SSRP), according to the statement.
"The EU's support contributes to poverty reduction and the socio-economic development in Nepal by raising educational access and achievements of the young generation on an equitable basis."
The SSRP focuses on improving access to quality education at early childhood, basic and secondary levels, particularly for children from marginalised groups, according to the EU.