Norway gives a billion to Unicef

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The Norwegian government has signed  a two-year contract with Unicef, the United Nations’ fund to benefit children, committing the country to donate another NOK 1 billion (USD 166 million) to Unicef through 2012.

Unicef will use the money for education programs and to monitor rights for girls.

“More children than ever will now get a possibility to go to school,” said Erik Solheim, Norway’s government minister in charge of foreign aid. “At the same time, we must remember that there’s still a lot of work to do before we can say we’re satisfied.”

Solheim said all children must be allowed to go to school, and that the quality of schools must be improved.

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