Nigeria to secure N45 billion grant to help out-of-school children

Africa / Nigeria/ 10.03.2020/ Source:


The federal government has said it is planning to secure a N45 billion grant from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), to strengthen the fight against out-of-school children syndrome in the country.

The government also said it has secured a facility funding 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.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said this on Monday in Abuja during the occasion of the 2020 Commonwealth Day celebration in Nigeria.

The commonwealth theme for 2020 is “delivering a common future” highlighting how the 54 member countries in the Commonwealth family are innovating, connecting and transforming, to help achieve some of its goals.

Mr Adamu said the ministry will also, begin the implementation of a five-year special project known as Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment, specifically targeted at out of school girls between the ages of 10 and 20 at the secondary school level.

He said the project on girls’ education is supported by the World Bank and is aimed at reducing the out-of-school children scourge within the next two years.

Currently, Nigeria has over 10 million out of school children.

The Minister said the collective task of delivering to all Commonwealth member countries a cherished common future marked with togetherness, was with a functional way of doing things.

Speaking on the connection of Nigeria to the common future, Mr Adamu said Nigeria reveres her cultural, economic and educational exchanges as it has contributed immensely to the common future the countries desire.


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

“Besides these, the Federal Ministry of Education coordinates other bilateral schemes in which there are at least 450 beneficiary scholars.”

The Minister said the common threat to member states includes an existential threat to life by climate change and not limited to disruptive forces to the peace of members nations.

Mr Adamu, however, said Nigeria is committed to the peace of member nations and the entire world.

Also speaking, the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, said various activities were organised by the Federal Ministry of Education, which he outlined as flag parade, theme song, dance drama and cultural display.

Mr Nwajiuba said they were planned to stir the interest of Nigerian youths towards connecting, innovating and transforming themselves towards achieving a developed nation in line with the Year 2020, theme.

Queen’s message

In her message on 2020 Commonwealth Day, Queen Elizabeth said the Commonwealth occasions are always inspiring and aimed at reminding of the diversity of the people and countries that make up the worldwide family.

The message was delivered by the Director of Education Support Services, Linda Giginna.

“We are made aware of the many associations and influences that combine through Commonwealth connection, helping us to imagine and deliver a common future.

“This is particularly striking when we see people from nations, large and small, gathering for the Commonwealth Games, for meetings of Commonwealth governments, and on Commonwealth Day.”

The Queen said she was encouraged to see how the countries of the Commonwealth “continue to devise new ways of working together to achieve prosperity, whilst protecting the planet”.

“As members of this very special community, on this Commonwealth Day, I hope that the people and countries of the Commonwealth will be inspired by all that we share, and move forward with fresh resolve to enhance the Commonwealth’s influence for good in our world.”

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170,536 hawkers, almajiri get free education in Oyo

Africa/ Nigeria/ 20.08.2019/ Source:


Oho State Government has expressed its readiness to deploy the World Bank-assisted Better Education Service Delivery (BESDA) takeoff grant in educating about 170, 536 out-of-school children in 23 councils of the state and ensure their retention in schools.

Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Nureni Adeniran, said this yesterday after a two-day interactive session in Ibadan on the implementation of the project.

Adeniran reiterated the state government’s resolve to rid the streets of all out-of-school children and put them in public schools, saying the programme would cater for even hawkers and the almajiri in the state.

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Nigeria Has 10 Million Out-of-school Children, Says Education Minister

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Adamu Adamu, the Minister of Education, said the audit was part of the 2018/2019 Annual School Census, which was carried out by the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), National Population Commission (NPC), National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and other stakeholders.

Nigeria’s Minister of Education says it has conducted a National Personnel Audit of both public and private schools in Nigeria, which shows that the country has 10,193,918 out-of-school children.

Speaking at a conference in Abuja on Friday, Adamu Adamu, the Minister of Education, said the audit was part of the 2018/2019 Annual School Census, which was carried out by the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), National Population Commission (NPC), National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and other stakeholders.

Adamu, who was represented by Sonny Echono, Permanent Secretary of the ministry, said the census showed that the most endemic states affected by the out-of-school children were Kano, Akwa Ibom, Katsina,

Kaduna, Taraba, Sokoto, Yobe, Zamfara, Oyo, Benue, Jigawa and Ebonyi states.

The minister added that the Nigerian government had developed four strategic interventions on the out-of-school children, which are Special Education, Boy-Child Education, Girl-Child Education and Almajiri Sensitisation.

He said: “In 2015, conflicting figures of out-of-school children were being given, ranging from 10 to 13 million. We must acknowledge that the issue of data has constituted a stumbling block in terms of planning for the out-of-school children nationwide.

“However, UBEC, the NPC and the NBS worked together towards this common goal of determining the number of children of school age who are not in school. Based on the conducted National Personnel Audit of both public and private schools, Nigeria has out-of-school children population of 10,193,918.

“In the next four years, therefore, we shall concentrate efforts at increasing advocacy and sensitization of stakeholders at all levels, and improving synergy between stakeholders at all levels of basic education delivery»
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Schools in Parts of Cameroon Remain Shut

Cameroon/September 11, 2017/Allafrica

Resumen: Millones de escolares no han aparecido para el comienzo del año escolar en las regiones de habla inglesa de Camerún, incluso después de que el gobierno liberó a la mayoría de los líderes encarcelados de las protestas anglófonas.

 Millions of school children have failed to show up for the start of the school year in Cameroon’s English speaking regions, even after the government freed most of the jailed leaders of anglophone protests.

A teacher at Ntamulung bilingual high school in Bamenda, Cameroon, is teaching 20 children who have shown up on day one of the school year. At least 70 were expected in the classroom.

Schools have been closed in the English-speaking northwest and southwest regions of Cameroon since November last year when lawyers and teachers called for a strike to stop what they described as the overbearing influence of French. After strike leaders were arrested, pressure groups called for their immediate and unconditional release before resuming classes.

Last week, 55 of the 75 anglophone protesters were released and their charges in a military tribunal dropped.

Analysts said it was an important concession to the strikers’ demands that could open the way to renewed talks to the end the crisis.

But separatist groups are asking for Cameroon President Paul Biya to release another 20 people, to call back those who escaped into exile, and to recall 5,000 soldiers deployed to the English-speaking regions before dialogue can begin.

 Journalist Finnian Tim, who was released from jail after seven months, says the detainees wish to see schools reopen.

«We were pleading with our brothers to stop whatever thing they were doing, because what they were doing, like ghost towns, was not helping us in any way. We are pleading with them to instead stop. Schools can go on for me. My children have stayed home. I paid fees last year for close to 1,300,000 francs (about $2,000 US dollars) for all children I sponsor in school. It went like that, so why should I tell my children to stay home again?» he asked.

The government sent senior officials to the anglophone regions to convince parents to send their children to school. The Secretary of State in the Ministry of Industries, Mines and Technological Development, Fuh Calistus Gentry, visited northwestern Cameroon.

«The state can not sit and fold its hands and see people being prevented from going to school, such a state becomes an irresponsible state in the eyes of the world community,» Gentry said. «If you prevent someone from going to school, it can not be accepted.»

President Biya has announced reforms in response to the strike, like a new common law division at the Supreme Court, the creation of English departments at the country’s school of magistracy and the appointment of the first anglophone to head the judicial bench of the Supreme Court. But he has said that he will engage in no dialogue that threatens national unity.

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