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Mar 7 2013 12:29PM
 
Hilary Swank inspired by Ethiopia visit
Actress Hilary Swank. Picture: Reuters
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TNA Reporter

Award-winning actress Hilary Swank says she was inspired by the way money has been spent on education in the impoverished areas of Ethiopia.

Swank, 38, who is in the African country on behalf of United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said she was impressed by the changes made to better the education system.

"I've travelled extensively and worked with a lot of children in a lot of different countries, and I think what is the most incredible is their desire to learn. I've been all over Africa but this was my first time in Ethiopia,” Contactmusic.com quoted Swank as saying.

The 38-year-old actress visited pupils of Dima Guranda Primary School in the area of Sebeta.

"When you visit, when you actually see hands-on the books, the learning material that these people are able to accumulate because of those donations, it's pretty extraordinary,” Swank said.

UNICEF has partnered with luxury goods brand Montblanc on a global Child-to-Child education programme, which gets older students to teach pre-schoolers how to read and write. 

According to Female First, Montblanc's donations have established 2,400 education centres while rehabilitating 800 others.  

"It's so important that Montblanc has come together with UNICEF for this initiative because education is everything and if we can encourage and help support Ethiopia, and any country really, to help children get a good education,” Swank was quoted by Starpulse as saying. 

Quick Facts:  Millennium Development Goal 2- Achieve Universal Primary Education

The world has achieved parity in primary education between girls and boys

Illiteracy still holds back more than 120 million young people

Success at the primary level places increased demands on secondary schools

More than half of all out-of-school children are in sub-Saharan Africa

Progress on primary school enrolment has slowed since 2004, even as countries with the toughest challenges have made large strides.

Source: undp.org

 

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