EU transfers more than €9 million in education assistance to Kyrgyzstan


BISHKEK -- The European Union (EU) has transferred €9.3 million (715 million KGS) to Kyrgyzstan's Finance Ministry as part of an education grant, reported Thursday (December 6), citing the ministry's press office.

The payment is the last tranche in €30 million (2.3 billion KGS) of EU assistance aimed at implementing Kyrgyzstan's Education Development Strategy until 2020 and its Action Plan for 2016-2017, according to the ministry.

The previous two tranches of about €10 million (795 million KGS) each were received in 2016-2017.

The fund is expected to help reform general and vocational education, improve quality of education and raise the professional standards of teachers, as well as develop the management of state revenues.

The fund has helped pay for textbooks, fund Kyrgyzstan's pre-school education system and connect schools to the internet, among other priorities.

Negotiations are under way between the EU and the Kyrgyz government for a new budget assistance programme for 2019-2021 worth €35.76 million (2.8 billion KGS).

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