4 May 2016
On Tuesday, the World Bank pledged the sum of $21million as a grant to Kaduna State to improve girl child education. The grant was said to be provided under the Nigerian Partnership for Education Project. Dr. Olatunde Adekola, World Bank’s Senior Education Specialist, disclosed this in an official announcement.
At the inaugural event of the project held at the Government House in Kaduna, Dr. Adekola explained that the grant was given to support the education of the girl child, with more focus on those in rural areas who are unable to access quality education.
He further stated that a part of the grant would be dedicated to training teachers, renovate school facilities, provide teaching materials and scholarships to students.
The Governor of the recipient state, Nasir El-Rufai, initially expressed concern at the pitiful state of education in the North saying that his administration had set up some mediation policies and programmes aimed at revising the sector.
Many children in Nigeria are out of school for a lot of reasons, one of them being the lack of funds to conveniently afford the cost of fees, uniforms and text books.
According to a UNICEF report, 40 per cent of Nigerian children, aged 6-11, do not attend any primary school with the northern region recording the lowest school attendance rate, particularly for girls.
The girl child stands at a more disadvantaged position in education, mostly for cultural ideas, and this is evidently proven in reports that states that the girl child turns up the highest percentage of out-of-school children in Nigeria.
Governor El-Rufai commended the World Bank and other donors for the financial backing in the education sector. At the inaugural event, cheques were presented to indigent pupils and teachers
Other northern states including Katsina, Kano, Jigawa and Sokoto have been said to have also been benefited from the grant. The project is projected to last four years and achieve the aim of boosting girl child education in the highlighted state.