Global Partnership for Education (GPE), a multi-donor funding agent for interventions in basic education in developing countries, has extended a grant of $125 million to Nigeria to support development of basic education.
The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, disclosed this when he received a delegation from GPE on a working visit, saying that the aim of the grant was to improve access and quality of basic education in the country.
The deputy director, press and public relations in the ministry, Mr. Ben Goong, made the disclosure in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
He said the grant which was a product of Nigeria’s Partnership for Education Project (NIPEP), was with particular focus on the Girl Child Education.
While disclosing that this was not the first time the country would be getting such grant, Adamu acknowledged that government received a grant of 100 million dollars from GPE in 2015 to help improve quality of education in some states of the North West.
According to the Minister, the benefitting states, under the100 million dollar grant, were Jigawa, Kano, Kaduna and Sokoto states.
He said the states billed to benefit from the current grant were Oyo, Adamawa and Katsina states.
Adamu, who said preparations were ongoing to access the grant before its deadline of June 2020, expressed delight at the opportunity to strengthen the country’s drive to improve its educational standard.
The leader of the delegation, Mr. Sven Baeten, said the visit was necessitated by his organisation’s interest in the educational development of the country.