ABN - The World Bank is willing to provide a grant worth US$500 million to help tackle Nigeria’s growing pool of out-of-school children.
The funds will be made available under the global bank’s Better Education-For-All (BEDA) Project and will focus on areas of Northern Nigeria where education participation has become increasingly low in young girls.
Children under 15 years of age make up around 45% of the country’s population according to recent statistics from Unicef, which has put a strain on the countries education system.
Dr Olatunde Adekola, the World Bank’s senior education specialist, announced the news on a visit to Sokoto, a city in the extreme Northwest of Nigeria.
"The project will be results oriented, ensure that children are able to read and write,” said Adekola.
"This is to help the government to strengthen its service delivery mechanisms to children, girls, women and other vulnerable groups.
"Most of the challenges in the country are education related and the five-year project is aimed at reversing the ugly trend.”
Despite recent increases in enrolment rates, it is estimated that about 4.7 million children of primary school age are not in school across Nigeria.