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UN ranks Iran 90th in educational facilities: official

An official of Iran's Education Ministry said on Tuesday that the UN has ranked Iran 90th in terms of educational facilities and manpower, IRNA reported from Neyshabour, Khorasan province.

Deputy Head of School Renovation Organization Kourosh Parvizian said that given the efforts by the country's teachers and education officials "we have not been able to provide adequate facilities for students."

He said the figure is "alarming" and should be a reminder to the relevant officials to expedite their efforts with the aim of attaining a higher place on the UN's list.

Iran and United Nation are collaborating to improve and broaden educational facilities in Iran.

Last week, Representative of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Karie Egge expressed satisfaction with the UNICEF-sponsored educational projects recently implemented in West Azarbaijan province.

Inspecting an educational project for below-six-year children recently implemented in a village on the outskirts of Mahabad, Egge told IRNA that its positive result is evident.

"The level of education in villages should be promoted by drawing up proper training programs and close supervision," she reiterated.

She said that the objective of her visit to Iran is to get an idea on the development trend of UNICEF projects and difficulties in West Azarbaijan province.

A number of UNICEF-sponsored projects are to be commissioned in some states across the country in joint cooperation with the Welfare Organization under a four-year plan.

The projects aim to provide balance in the health sector in rural areas.

Financial, technical and training assistance is due to be provided by UNICEF in line with raising the education and health standards of the below-six-year children in villages.

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