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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Post-Courier/PINA, Mar. 12) - Thirty primary schools in three underdeveloped districts of Papua New Guinea will receive assistance valued at 20 million kina (US$5.6 million) over the next four years from the European Union.

The schools - located in Raikos, Madang Province; Ambunti-Dreikikir, East Sepik; and Jimi, Western Highlands - are part of the "Improvement of Rural Primary Education Facilities" project. 

This project, while providing much-needed and sustainable infrastructure support to the schools, will also investigate some of the underlying issues affecting remote schools. 

The Government and the EU hope strategies can be identified that will work best in remote areas of Papua New Guinea so an effective remote schools policy can be implemented.

The project is funded under the EU-ACP (African, Caribbean, Pacific) group aid, trade and development partnership.

The project work will complement AusAID’s Basic Education Infrastructure and Curriculum Materials Program.

March 13, 2003

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