World Bank allocates 1.8 billion naira to repair 614 schools in Kano

A world BankThe Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment (AGILE)-assisted project says it will rehabilitate 614 N1.8 billion public secondary schools in Kano State.

The project’s deputy coordinator, Nasiru Abdullahi, made the revelation when he led other staff on a courtesy call on the Emir of Bichi, Nasiru Ado-Bayero, in Bichi on Thursday.

He said the funds had already been credited to the bank accounts of the School Management Committees (SBMC) of the beneficiary schools.

Mr. Abdullahi said SBMC members have been trained on the importance of prioritizing the needs of their schools to achieve the desired goal.

“The SBMC committee includes community and religious leaders, representatives of self-help organizations and students, among others.

“The principal is the committee secretary who knows the school’s problems best,” he said.
According to Abdullahi, each school received a sum of money depending on the nature of the project they wanted to undertake.

“Nearly N1.8 billion has been granted to schools, half of what schools will receive, to ensure effective use of funds.

“Any school that has completed their project will receive the remaining project balance.

“The money is in the account of each of the beneficiary schools. A school will come to AGILE for permission, which they will have to bank and withdraw the money,” he said.

Mr. Abdullahi also said that other components of the project include construction of schools where a number of secondary schools would be built in the state.

The deputy coordinator added that the project targets around 38,000 girls from poor families at the initial stage of the conditional cash transfer and that they will be trained in digital skills.

Other components, he said, include awareness and advocacy campaigns and life skills.
He said the girls would be trained in skills that would help them become self-sufficient in their marital home.

He therefore requested the support of the traditional chief for the project.

In his address, Mr. Ado-Bayero pledged his support and urged education stakeholders to step up their efforts to improve the capacity of teachers.

“We are not saying that the construction is not good, but the teachers who will transmit the knowledge to the students need to be improved.

“More teachers should also be recruited and trained regularly to familiarize them with modern teaching techniques,” he advised.

The Emir also urged people to refrain from removing girls from schools for marriage, calling for girls not to stop education at secondary school level.


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