education programme --> Ethiopia Tuesday launched a four-year $550 million programme that will see the country improve its quality of education. The programme will be funded by the World Bank , UK's Department for International Development (DfID), Italian Development Cooperation, the Global Partnership for Education, as well as Finland and the US. Speaking during the launch, DfID chief Melanie Robinson , said: "This is one of the largest programmes in the world and we are happy to partner on this project." The Ethiopian Government will contribute $60 million while DfID will give $190 million , with the rest covered by the other donors. Italian deputy Foreign minister Lapo Pistelli said the programme demonstrated the commitment of donors in channelling aid in key sectors to maximise effectiveness. Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn urged those responsible for running the programme to also focus on retraining teachers. "We need to give special attention to the issue of teachers," he said. The programme will cover all the 900 districts in the country - 10 universities, 36 teachers training colleges and about 40,000 schools. This project is the second phase of a nationwide education reforms launched in 2009. The first phase focused on setting up standards for quality education. The second phase, covering 2014-2018, will focus on retraining teachers, improving the curriculum and reviewing assessment methods such as examinations.
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