Germany has donated $1 million to the United Nations Children's Fund to improve and provide better access to primary education for children in Burma.

The German Embassy in Rangoon said Friday that the funds would be used to help children living in 500 of Burma's poorest communities receive a better quality, child-friendly primary education.

The statement also said the money will help provide necessities such as clean water and sanitation facilities and basic school supplies for poor families.

The Embassy added that UNICEF's primary education program will focus on keeping children in school during their first two years, after which they stand a much better chance of completing primary school.