Kaduna government disburses World Bank education grant

Asma'u Halilu, Kaduna

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Kaduna State Government says it has disbursed about 85 per cent of the 21.5 million dollars World Bank grant to boost access to quality basic education in the State.

Malam Dahuru Anchau, Director of Public Schools in the State’s Ministry of Education, who disclosed to Voice of Nigeria in Kaduna said, the amount was disbursed between 2016 and 2019.

Anchau assured that the remaining fifteen percent would be disbursed within the year.

He explained that, the 21.5 million dollars was out of the 100 million dollars grant being disbursed in Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Jigawa and Sokoto States respectively under the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) project.

Anchau, who is the coordinator of the three-year project in Kaduna State, mentioned that the aim was to support the benefiting States in strengthening the quality of basic education.

The Director noted that, the goal was also to increase access to quality education, particularly the girl-child and Almajiris.

“The target was to provide N45, 000 as scholarship to 15, 000 primary one to three girls from poor and backward communities in the State. The project also supports female teachers with 45,000 annually to enable them obtain Nigeria Certificate in Education, the minimum teaching qualification in the Country.”

The Coordinator further stated that the scheme also provided 400,000 grants for school’s improvement to the over 4,200 primary schools in the State.

“So far, 4,260 primary schools, 249 Islamiya schools have benefitted from the annual 400,000 school improvement grant, while 1,600 pre-primary schools would benefit this year. Similarly, 20,000 girl-child and 1,053 female teachers have benefited from the N45,000 annual scholarship to encourage them pursue their studies,” he stressed.

Anchau described the project in the State as a huge success, stressing that it has significantly increased the enrolment and retention of the girl-child in primary Schools.

He disclosed that, he had on 8th August, bagged the World Bank’s Nigeria Portfolio Performance Award of Excellence, during the bank’s Nigeria Portfolio Performance Awards 2019, held in Abuja.

“We are equally the Best Performing State for World Bank Assisted Portfolio in Nigeria and Best State Coordination Mechanism for World Bank Assisted Portfolio in Nigeria,” he emphasised