Education: UNICEF, DFID Gives N102.5m Grant To Integrated Quranic Centers  

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By: Mayen Etim

KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The United Nations Children Education Fund, (UNICEF) and Department for International Development, (DFID), has given a N102.5 million grant to 200 Integrated Quranic Centers, (IQS), and 210 public primary schools in Niger State.

The Education Officer, UNICEF Kaduna, Mr. Francis Elisha, disclosed during a field monitoring of the implementation of the projects in Munya, Mariga and Mashegu Local Government Areas of the state on Wednesday.

He explained that the grant was for improved school learning facilities and expansion of facilities to accommodate the pupils in the selected six Local Government Areas.

Elisha added that the school improvement grant was for provision of instructional materials to encourage child enrollment and increased access to education.

He said that the intervention was to help reduce the number of out of school children as well as integration of formal education into traditional Quranic centers.

Earlier, the Proprietor of Faidautul Islam Center, in Zazzaga community, Mallam Abubakar Yunusa, a Person Living With Disability, (PLWD), informed that the IQS center was established in 2010 with about 55 pupils.

He disclosed that currently, about 402 pupils were undergoing study at the center with 9 teachers. He said that his passion for education of children inspired him to established the center.

“This place was built with support from members of the community and the Center is accommodating children from three neighboring communities.

“Apart from Islamic teachings, pupils are also taught subjects like Mathemetics, English Language, Physical Health Education, Social Studies and Hausa Language.

“This is to enable them acquire both formal and informal education because the pupils will have to go through primary one to primary six,” he said.

He commended UNICEF and DFID for providing instructional materials and other supports to the center to improve teaching and learning.

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