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World Bank approves $143m to improve Maths and Tech education in Ghana


The World Bank Group has approved an amount of $143 million International Development Association (IDA) credits and grants to help improve the quality of education in Africa. A release sighted by Ghanatalksbusiness has stated

According to the release, the $143 million fund will step up the quality and provision of applied research and higher education with a focus on the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in Ghana, Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Guinea and Senegal.

The First Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence for Development Impact (ACE-Impact) aims to improve the quality, quantity and development impact of postgraduate education in selected universities in the beneficiary countries through regional specialization and collaboration in the fields of STEM.

According to the World Bank, the new project is increasing its total financing for the Africa Centers for Excellence (ACEs) to $456 million, including the previous phases – ACE 1 ($165 million) and ACE 2 ($148 million) – currently operational.

The release explained that, under the three projects, 45 universities in 19 countries are implementing 58 ACEs where a total number of 24,000 students are enrolled, including 10,500 at the Masters’ level and 2,400 at the PhD level. 34 programmes are certified to meet international quality standards.

Rachid Benmessaoud, Coordinating Director for Regional Integration in West Africa, was quoted as saying, “Under this regional programme, each country specializes in a set of disciplines and encourages student and faculty exchanges so that among the countries many more disciplines are covered. They also establish strong regional and international partnerships to raise the quality of higher education and research.”

The newly-approved First ACE-Impact project will support 16 centres of excellence (ACEs) and two “emerging centres”. While the ACEs aim to build regional capacity to deliver high-quality postgraduate courses and conduct international calibre applied researches, the “emerging centres” will receive support to strengthen their programmes mostly at the undergraduate and master’s level in a priority field, the release added.

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