MOGADISHU, May 10 (Xinhua) -- The EU has unveiled a 53 million U.S. dollars funding to boost the education sector in Somalia.
EU Ambassador to Somalia Veronique Lorenzo expressed Europe's solidarity with Somalia, in the wake of the devastating drought that has caused untold suffering and death.
"The program will consolidate some of our achievements and expand equitable and inclusive quality education," Lorenzo said in a statement issued in Mogadishu.
"Our hearts and sympathies go to millions of Somalis that have been affected by the drought or are suffering as a consequence of violence and insecurity," she said after signing of the new education package with the Minister of Planning, Investment and Economic promotion, Jamal Mohamed Hassan.
EU's support to Somalia since 2008 surpasses 3.7 billion dollars, in development, humanitarian aid and stabilization thus making it the biggest development partner.
The signing of the package also marked EU's 30th anniversary celebrations of the ERASMUS Mundus education program considered the most successful EU project which has seen 10 Somali students receive scholarships, to pursue post-graduate education in European universities.