The World Bank will support Nigeria with $611m to get children back to school under the Better Education Service Delivery for All programme, the Coordinator, Prof. Gidado Tahir, has said.
Tahir made the disclosure in the north-western city of Kaduna on Friday at a meeting with officials of Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board on modalities for the implementation of the programme.
According to the BESDA national coordinator, the project is being supported by the World Bank to tackle the problem of out-of-school children in the country.
“Whenever you attend international conferences and conventions, Nigeria is being described as one of the top nations with huge number of out-of-school children.
“The Federal Ministry of Education therefore decided to make the issue one of its top priority areas to find a way of tackling the issue.
“This attracted the World Bank who accepted to provide the Nigerian Government with $611 million dollars to implement BESDA in line with Universal Basic Education Commission programme.
“UBEC is focusing on increasing access, quality and ensuring equity; BESDA is also tailoring its attention towards doing that, but specifically focusing more on out-of-school children,” Tahir said.
He said that 17 states with the highest number of out-of-school children in the country would participate in the programme.
The states include Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba, Yobe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Niger, Ebonyi, Rivers, and Oyo.