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UN envoy Brown vows new school for kidnapped Nigerian girls

Published on Jun 18, 2014 6:40 AM
Former British Prime Minister and UN education envoy Gordon Brown speaks about "Safe Schools Initiative" at the World Economic Forum in Abuja on May 7, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

ABUJA (AFP) - UN education envoy Gordon Brown on Tuesday pledged that a school from where more than 200 girls were kidnapped by Islamist militants will be rebuilt, as he visited Nigeria for talks on boosting security.

Britain’s former prime minister met President Goodluck Jonathan and Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as part of his “Safe School Initiative” unveiled in May, which aims to help hundreds of schools hit by the Boko Haram insurgency.

The scheme, backed by US$10 million (S$12.5 million) of private business donations matched by the Nigerian government, will initially target 500 schools in the violence-ravaged northeast.

“This is a programme for the whole country, but it is starting in the states which have the greatest problem with terrorism over recent months,” Mr Brown said.

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