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Norway to double support for global education

Last updated: 30.06.2014 // "Education is key to reducing poverty. The Norwegian Government therefore intends to double its development assistance to education in countries affected by extreme poverty, crisis and conflict. It is particularly important for us to ensure that more girls have access to education," says Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.

‘We will give high priority to girls’ education. In many countries, access to education for girls is under particular pressure. It is unacceptable that girls’ schools are being attacked and that pupils and teachers are being subjected to threats, violence, kidnapping and even murder,’ Ms Solberg says.

‘Girls’ lack of education is one of the greatest barriers to development. Girls who complete their education are better able to take care of themselves and their families. An education helps to ensure that fewer girls get married and have children too early, and that they are better equipped to fight for their rights and avoid abuse,’ Mr Brende says.