12,179 Northern Schools to Benefit from GPE’s $100m Grant

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Paul Obi, Peter Omale and Marvellous Okeke in Abuja

In an effort to enhance quality and scale up the standard of education in the north, the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is to support about 12, 179 schools with $100 million grant.

Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu made the disclosure at the maiden meeting of the national steering committee of Nigerian Partnership for Education Project (NIPEP), in Abuja in Tuesday, stressing that the grant covers five northern states – Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Jigawa and Sokoto States.

According to him, “NIPEP was targeted at promoting school effectiveness, ensuring improved learning outcomes, increasing access to basic education for children who were currently out of school particularly girls and strengthening the ability of the managers to plan and manage the system well.”

Adamu added that the project was designed to benefit the girl child at the basic level in public schools, integrated Islamiyya schools and female teachers in the five states in the area of professional teacher development training.

To that end, the minister explained: “About 96,954 teacher development initiatives were in the pipeline to help improve the quality and standard of class room instruction.”

He said:” A total of 12, 179 schools are expected to benefit from the school grants while teachers are expected to benefit from about 96,954 teachers development programme initiatives across the NIPEP states to improve professional knowledge, quality of class room instruction and teacher assessment skills.

“In addition, 18,421 female teachers are expected to receive scholarships and hopefully become more competent and go on to act as role models for the girl child.

“The entire implementation of the project would be at the school level, while the federal ministry of education will ensure effective coordination and monitoring to guarantee smooth and successful execution.”