11 August 2016
The World Bank has set aside 125 million dollars education support to motivate and attract teachers to Nigeria’s rural areas to enhance teacher development, an official has said.
The bank’s Education Specialist, Mr Adebayo Solomon, said in Abuja on Thursday that the project would be implemented in a way that the bank would give additional money to teachers who were willing to go to the rural communities to teach, depending on the area.
Solomon said that the project was currently ongoing in three states of Ekiti, Anambra and Bauchi and would span five years.
“Currently we are implementing several projects that are targeted at enhancing teachers, one of such is happening in three states of Ekiti, Anambra and Bauchi.
“And the focus is to motivate and give incentives to teachers to enable them to go to rural communities and teach. The project will cost the bank 125 million dollars for three states in five years.
“The project is supported by the World Bank but implemented by the states in collaboration with the Ministries of Education and States’ Universal Basic Education Boards,’’ he said.
Solomon said the ability of a state to articulate plans on moving education forward and the willingness to pay the counterpart fund, were the criteria used in selecting the three states.
“The states must be able to articulate what they want to do to move education to the next level to the satisfaction of the bank and also the commitment of states to give resource to fund education projects,’’ Solomon explained.
He said that the ongoing project was a pilot scheme as there were plans to scale up the project, even in the northeast, depending on the willingness of states to access support from the bank.
Solomon said that a monitoring mechanism, named “Independent Verifiers’’, had been put in place to confirm and check claims made by states on what they had achieved with the money.
He also said that if the results of the verification were satisfactory and that the states would be reimbursed for sustainability.