[The Activism Blog] World Bank releases N30m to Kaduna schools

In its bid to improve teaching and learning facilities at a UBE Primary School with 22,240 pupils in Rigasa, a suburb of Kaduna, the World Bank has released the sum of N30 million.

A representative of the bank, Dr Olatunde Adekola, said that the intervention was for the immediate upgrade of facilities at the school. He said the high number of pupils had increased pressure on both teaching and learning facilities in the school, which has 70 teachers.

The bank through its Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is spending N20 billion to support girl-child education in five states, of the Northwest, where all indexes on education appeared to be very low compared to other regions.

The target is to increase reading and writing skills for pupils in nursery and those in primary one to three and, strengthen community activism and local governance. It is also aimed at expanding access to education through community initiatives and to increase the number of qualified female teachers in areas with high gender disparities.

The Project Coordinator for Kaduna, Aburu Musa said over 3,400 primary schools have benefited from the programme. According to him, a total of 8,050 primary school girls from poor homes had received N45,000 scholarship grants to continue their education, with 1,170 female teachers also getting a similar amount to further their studies.

According to Governor El-Rufai, the state school feeding program and the GPE scholarship had resulted to the soaring of school enrolment from 1.1 million to 2.1 million pupils in the state with its current enrolment ratio standing at 51 boys and 49 girls in schools in the state.

Other states benefiting from the partnership, supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and UK Department for International Development (DFID), include Jigawa, Kano, Katsina and Sokoto.

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