The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has stated that it would train 5, 000 primary school teachers and provide instructional materials to 200 schools in Gombe state.
The team leader of the USAID in the state, Ishyaku Babayo, stated this Friday during a courtesy visit to Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya.
He said the project with the title “Strengthening Education in North East Nigeria” in Gombe and Adamawa states is a three-year project beginning from March 2019 to March 2022.
Babayo said the project would develop the capacity of primary school teachers to improve the target schools and the education sector in the state.
“Our target is to equip 200 schools with instructional materials and we are well funded for that. We hope to train 5, 000 primary school teachers to improve their capacities to impact on pupils in their schools.
“The training will include how to develop instructional materials from locally sourced materials in the communities. The project has started since March. We have selected six schools from three local government areas,” he said.
He said three local government areas were selected for the first phase of the project namely Nafada from Gombe north senatorial district, Akko from central Senatorial district and Shongom from south Senatorial district.
“At the end of the project, it is expected that 100 educational managers will also be trained on how to use data for an informed decision. We are working with the ministry of education and SUBEB.”
Also speaking, Governor Yahaya expressed his excitement with the initiative, while pledging to give all necessary support within the limit of available resources to ensure the success of the project.
The governor thanked the team for identifying with education, adding that “the sector is one of our cardinal priorities because we came into office with the mission for change and hope.”
“We all know that education is a powerful tool for change. We will welcome all partnerships to improve the sector because, without it, you cannot bring development and good governance to the people,” he said.