The information shared by minister of education, Adamu Adamu, that the World Bank has provided a total of $611 million to support the Nigerian government in strengthening universal basic education is good news.
The information was revealed at the launch of Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA), a program initiated by the World Bank to support the Nigerian government in strengthening education across the country.
It is highly believed that Nigeria has the highest number of the out-of-school children in sub-Saharan Africa, with an estimate of 13.2m.
Stakeholders noted that the government is strengthening the quality of basic education in Nigeria to confront factors that deny children access to basic education.
This brought commendation on the World Bank for initiating BESDA and the provision of the sum of $611 million in strengthening Universal Basic Education as well as addressing the first pillar of the Ministerial Strategic Plan (MSP) 2016 – 2019 on out-of-school children.
BESDA focuses on 17 states in the country which includes the entire 13 states of the North West and North East geo-political zones, Niger, Oyo, Ebonyi and Rivers,
Oyo state is the second out of 17 states covered by BESDA to formally launch the program and that is a clear demonstration on Governor Ajimobi’s quality leadership and his personal commitment to education as well as the passion to revitalise education sector in the state.
The world Bank is promoting a program that will result in better life of all Nigerian children as the cardinal objective is to increase equitable access for out of school children, improve literacy and strengthen accountability for results at the basic education level in the focus states.
By ensuring the out-of-school children are back to school and learning will not be only a moral and legal obligation; it will also a productive investment that will guarantee the future of children in the country and ensure that their rights are protected, as enshrined in the Child’s Right Act 2003.