The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has disbursed over N2.76 billion as grant to support 2,505 Primary schools for the building and renovation of classrooms across Nigeria in the first phase of its School-based Management Committee-School Improvement Programme (SBMC-SIP),
The basic education agency is targeting 5,010 primary schools across the country in the programme.
The Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi at the National Flag-off of the (SBMC-SIP), in Kano State, said the disbursement ranges from N250,000, N1 million, N5 million and N7 million to each of the selected schools base on their need assessment.
“The grant, which is more like seed money, is meant for the renovation, construction of blocks of class rooms, supply of furniture, completion of abandoned buildings/class rooms, as well as purchase of teaching materials.
“The selection were made based on a need assessment of the schools upon a directive to State Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBEBs) to receive request letters from the Commission through which communities submitted proposals for the projects,” he said.
He said by the gesture, individuals, volunteers, donor agencies can partner with the community and schools for meaningful development as government alone cannot foot the bills needed by schools across the federation
“The guiding principle of the Self-Help and Community engagement approach is to engender strong partnership and the desire to draw and harness State resources and skills alongside the abundant material and human resources in the community with a view to developing the basic education sub-sector which depends largely on the level of community awareness, participation and support to the program,” Bobboyi stated.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Arch. Sunny Echono, said that Universal Basic Education programme “is Nigeria’s homegrown initiative aimed at addressing national aspirations and meeting global expectations through the provision of qualitative functional education free of charge to all children of school-going age.
“However, implementation experiences have shown that the delivery of basic education in the country is being faced with daunting challenges that militate against Nigeria’s drive towards meeting her developmental goals and global expectations, as such all and sundry is required to reverse the trend.”
Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje said the State is already on track on the improvement of basic education as it earlier initiated community based funding programm which generated billions of Naira for renovation and rehabilitation of schools, provision of books and other writing materials and reduction of the number of out-of-school children in the State.
“We have also declared free and compulsory education from primary to secondary school levels, made available free school uniforms, books, bags and other learning materials for all primary school children in the state,” Ganduje said.
He also stated that apart from training and re-training teachers, over 3000 voluntary and well-trained teachers have signified interest to teach at primary and secondary schools across the State.