$13M to Alabama A&M for USAID Ethiopia project

Huntsville, Ala. (AP) - The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded a three-year $13 million grant to Alabama A&M University to continue its efforts to help educate children in Ethiopia.

The grant announced Friday is part of USAID's $600 million African Education Initiative.

Mary Sport, Alabama A&M's program director, said the university joins six U.S. schools that play a role in providing educational services to six African nations through the Textbooks and Learning Materials Program, which was launched in 2005.

The program was started in response to the scarcity of learning materials in sub-Saharan Africa.

AAMU President Andrew Hugine said the program offers the university a chance to give back to Ethiopia, while expanding the school's mission internationally.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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