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World Bank supports higher education in Angola with 500 million dollars

The World Bank (WB) is supporting a Government project that aims to strengthen skills in higher education, worth a total of 500 million dollars, the first phase of which was launched this Friday in Luanda.

: Ampe Rogério/Lusa
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The Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation Development Project (TEST) was presented by the Minister of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Maria do Rosário Bragança.

The minister stressed that higher education is a strategic pillar for the development of a more prosperous and equitable society, highlighting "the central role in empowering individuals, offering them the necessary tools to innovate, create and lead".

"Universities, institutes and higher schools are not just teaching-learning institutions, they are places where creativity, innovation and learning to develop critical thinking must be exercised, they are true granaries where tomorrow's leaders, entrepreneurs, scientists and visionaries are trained", she said.

Maria do Rosário Bragança stressed that the Government intends to guarantee decent, well-equipped facilities for higher education, with modern classrooms, laboratories, libraries and digital resources, with social support equipment, such as residences for students, sports and leisure spaces, to promote "academic excellence and innovation".

The minister highlighted that, to guarantee the quality of education, there must also be qualified teachers, the "pillars of the educational system", who "deserve decent working conditions, adequate remuneration and continuous professional development".

In view of the current economic and financial difficulties, it is necessary to promote robust global partnerships, continued the minister, highlighting the financial support from the WB, through a loan, and from the Global Partnership for Education, through a donation of 50 million dollars.

In his intervention, the WB representative in Angola, Juan Carlos Alvarez, said it was the first time that the international financial institution has invested in Angolan higher education, in a project to be developed in several phases.

Juan Carlos Alvarez indicated that this financing instrument, with several phases, allows "a longer time horizon, in this case ten years", and highlighted the long-term support of this financial institution to the Government.

"We are very pleased to bring in a financial partner, the Global Partnership for Education, which is financing this operation with a grant of 50 million dollars", said the head of the WB, highlighting that, through this program, they will help Angola " transforming the way teachers are trained".

The WB representative highlighted that these investments will benefit 150 thousand higher education students, including teacher training institutions.

TEST includes three phases, the first with a value of 150 million dollars, the second with 175 million dollars and the third with another 175 million dollars, totaling the package of 500 million dollars.


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