UNICEF, DFID Renovates 60 Schools In Niger State

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By: Mayen Etim

KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – In a bid to create conducive learning environments for pupils in public primary schools, UNICEF in conjunction with Department for International Development, (DFID) has commenced renovation of 60 schools in Niger State.

The Education Officer, UNICEF Kaduna, Mr. Francis Elisha, disclosed during a field monitoring of projects implementation where 40 public primary schools and 20 Integrated Quranic centers are beneficiaries of the Girl Child Education Project (GEP111) in the state.

He mentioned the benefiting Local government Areas to includes; Munya, Agaie, Gbako, Mariga, Rafi and Mashegu.

According to him, the projects cost is N90 million, and N60 million had been released for its implementation by UNICEF and DFID.

“This project is a N90 million micro grant meant for renovation of 40 public primary schools and 20 Integrated Quranic centers across the six benefiting Local Government Areas.

“We are partnering with the communities and the School Management Committees, (SMC) for the implementation work and renovations.”

Speaking further, the Education Officer said ten public primary schools had been renovated while others were still undergoing renovations.

He explained that the projects was to create conducive learning environment for pupils through community partnership and promote community ownership.

Also, the Chief of UNICEF Kaduna Field Office, Dr. Zakari Adam, reiterated the UNICEF and DFID committiment to support improvement of quality of learning in Niger state.

“We are totally committed to support every child go to school especially the girl child in the state,” he said.

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