FG to secure N45bn grant to tackle out-of-school children

The Federal Government said it would soon obtain a N45bn grant from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) to tackle the challenge of out-of-school children in the country, TCPNews Reports

The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu made this known on Monday in Abuja during the 2020 Commonwealth Celebration.

Adamu said that the grant would strengthen the Federal Government’s fight against the out-of-school children crisis.

Adamu added that the commonwealth scholarship scheme had been particularly instrumental to building linkages and integrating member nations.

He said more than 2000 Nigerians have benefited from this scholarship since its inception, with an average of 12-18 beneficiary scholars every year.

“As part of our commitment in transforming education in Nigeria, the ministry in partnership with the states’ ministry of education is intensifying various efforts to bring into the formal education, various out-of-school children that have been left out of that critical service.

“The Federal Government of has scured a funding facility of N220 billion through the World bank, under the Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA), to help tackle the problem of out-of-school children.

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“There is also an ongoing process to secure a N45 billion grant from the Global Partnership for Educaiton (GPE), to strengthen our fight against the out-of-school children”. He said

The minister added that the ministry would soon begin a special project known as the Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment (AGILE), a five-year project targeting out-of-school girls between the age of 10 and 20 at the secondary school level.

Also, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Minister of State for Education said that the annual observance of the day was aimed at creating a forum for the promotion of understanding on global issues and engendering international cooperation with a view to improving the lives of all commonwealth citizens.

“One of the vehicles to achieving these goals is through huge investments in human capital development, economic empowerment and fair trade.

” This is so that all people, especially women, young people and those in marginalised communities can share the fruits of progress and prosperity.

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“This way they will deliver a common future by connecting, innovating and transforming our societies to meet their needs and that of our nations through sustainable development”.