South Africa Gets $165 million in Education Funding

The European Union has pledged some $165 million to improve primary education in South Africa in their largest-ever bilateral development program.

South African President Jacob Zuma Tuesday said he was pleased to see education, which he called South Africa’s “apex priority,” being given such attention.

Mr. Zuma is in Belgium for talks with the EU on cooperation in trade and development. In his prepared remarks, Mr. Zuma said they planned to conclude a wide-ranging economic partnership agreement between the southern African regional economic body and the EU.

But speaking to reporters after the meeting, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said discussions may continue beyond the end of 2010. Mr. Zuma conceded the point saying it would not be, in his words, “the end of the world.”

The meetings are also expected to discuss climate change and joint cooperation on regional and international issues.

It is the third such summit between the leaders of the EU and South Africa.

The EU is South Africa’s largest trading partner. VOA

3 comments

  1. Dear sir/madam,I run a small Montessori Pre-school.Over the past 12 years almost 80% of the children that have passed through our doors have excelled with numerous academic awards.However the school building was ridden with wood borers and white ants,we were forced to demolish the building.We are struggling to raise the necessary funds to rebuild our school.Is it possible for me to get a small or zero interest loan to improve conditions at the school,which I could pay off over a period of time.I would greatly appreciate it.
    Thanking You in advance for your generosity.
    Yours in Education
    Sally pillay

  2. request assistancefor an primary school educational funding for an 8 year old girl.

  3. mandla christopher sibaya

    just wnt to be a teacher bt i ddnt pass my matric well and i dnt hv money to go rewrite an improve my subjects plz help

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