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Under the 2006/07 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, the Ministry of Education and Youth has been allocated some $1.9 million for the New Horizons for Primary Schools Project.
The project, which began in 1998, seeks to increase literacy and numeracy in targeted schools by the provision of quality education, and also looks at improving the scope and support for low performing schools.
For the 2006/07 period, the project will seek to train classroom teachers in the use of innovative technology to deliver the primary curriculum, train lecturers from the College of Agriculture, Science and Education, and also train primary school students on the use of technology to improve their performance.
The project, which is funded by the Government and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has to date, refurbished and staffed a project implementation unit and also completed needs assessment and analysis in 72 schools. Additionally, development plans for 72 schools have been completed and implemented; 72 principals and 650 teachers have been sensitised to the new revised curriculum; a Board training manual has been developed; 155 computers have been procured, along with printers and software for schools, regional offices, and project unit.
Furthermore, 181 resource teachers and 24 facilitators have been certified, a breakfast programme was implemented in 16 schools, four vehicles were procured, and 432 parents were trained in parent education.

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