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Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD)

The Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) is Canada’s lead development agency. It has a mandate to reduce poverty and to contribute to a more secure, equitable, and prosperous world.

DFATD works in partnership around the world to support sustainable development in developing countries and to offer humanitarian assistance in areas of need.

Since the founding of the United Nations in October 1945 and of specialized agencies following World War II, Canada has been supporting the development efforts of partner countries and organizations around the world.

The world community has been committed to achieving universal primary education since 1990. Two of the eight Millennium Development Goals—universal primary education and reducing the gender gap at all levels of education—underscore the importance of this issue and the importance of educating girls.

Canada, a world leader in child-centred, girl-friendly education, has identified basic education as a program priority. The Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) supports initiatives that improve the quality, safety, and relevance of basic education; remove barriers that prevent closing the gender gap in education; provide education to prevent HIV/AIDS; and provide education for girls and boys in conflict, post-conflict, and/or emergency situations.


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Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
Vanya Berrouet
Senior Policy Analyst, Education
200 Promenade du Portage
Gatineau (Québec)
Canada K1A 0G4
Email: vanya.berrouet@international.gc.ca