The Federal Government, in collaboration with Global Partnership for Education (GPE), Monday, in Abuja, launched the Nigerian Partnership for Education project.
The programme is aimed at improving access and quality of basic education, with emphasis on the girl child.
It was also disclosed that $100 million has been donated to the Nigerian government as part of the effort to support access and quality of basic education in the country, by World Bank.
Minister of Education,Mallam Adamu Adamu, who was represented by the minister of state, Prof. Anthony Anwukah, said the initiative will further compliment the effort of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration in repositioning the nation’s basic education system.
World Bank representative, Dr Olutunde Adekola, said the project, which is also operational in 59 other developing countries, is targeted at encouraging the enrollment of children, especially girls, in basic school.
Responding on behalf of the benefiting states ,the Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, commended the Global Partnership for Education for the gesture and assured of their commitment to transparent utilisation of the grant.
According to the United Nation’s International Children Fund (UNICEF), no fewer than 10.5 million Nigerian children are out of school.
Of the number, 60 percent are in northern Nigeria and are mostly girls.