A donor agency – Nigerian Partnership for Education Project (NIPEP), is set to spend the sum of N19.7bn ($100m) on girl-child education in five North-Western states. Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwuka, made the remarks during the launch of NIPEP in Abuja recently. He said the project would spend the sum of $100m in promoting access and quality of basic education with emphasis on girl-child education in the North Western states of Kano, Sokoto, Kaduna, Jigawa and Katsina.
Prof Anwuka, who said the project will promote school effectiveness, increase access to school and strengthen planning and capacity of teachers, added that girls’ education in the area had faced challenges in the past and was further worsened by insurgency. He said among the out-of-school children in the affected states there were twice as many girls as boys.
Nigeria joined the Global Partnership for Education in 2012. The country has decided that GPE support would focus on five Northern states. The GPE grant of US$100 million is primarily focused on supporting the 5 states of Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, and Sokoto in the implementation of their education sector plans.
The three main components supported by the GPE grant are:
1: Improving the effectiveness of schools and learning outcomes by providing grants to support school improvement plans and teacher professional development.
2: Supporting the inclusion of girls in basic education and promoting gender equality through providing cash transfers to encourage girls’ participation, scholarships for women to attend colleges of education, capacity-building and operational support on issues affecting girls’ retention and gender sensitivity.
3: Supporting robust monitoring and evaluation, regularizing the annual assessments of student learning, and financing impact evaluations of school improvement grants and girls’ scholarship programs.
The Federal Ministry of Education and the Ministries of Education of the five selected states lead the program in partnership with the World Bank as the supervising entity. USAID is the coordinating agency.