Kano State Government to fund education of 36000 schoolgirls from poor families

The Kano State Government has revealed that it is looking for 36,000 schoolgirls from low-income class families for financial support under the scheme of the Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment (AGILE) of the World Bank.

The Kano State Government has revealed that it is looking for 36,000 schoolgirls from low-income class families for financial support under the scheme of the Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment (AGILE) of the World Bank.

Ado Tafida-Zango, the Project Coordinator, announced this on Friday, 10 June, in Kano, further adding that AGILE is a five-year project that is being executed in Kano and other federation states.

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He stated that the project aimed to enhance enrollment, transition and retention of girls from low-income families in schools and boost schools’ infrastructure.

Tafida-Zango stated that the less enrollment and retention were because of inadequate infrastructure, poverty and lack of awareness, among others.

He further added that the beneficiaries of this initiative would be given Conditional Cash Transfers (CCT) every term to motivate them to complete their education from primary to secondary school.

The coordination also said that the targeted girls in Junior Secondary School (JSS) would be provided with N5,000. At the same time, those in Senior Secondary Schools (SSS) will get N15,000 after their transition from JSS.

He disclosed that the students will also be provided with a menstrual package to boost their personal hygiene, adding that “the girls will also be oriented ‘life skills’ activities to allow them to take care of themselves in menstruation and how to bear a child.”

Tafida-Zango has also disclosed that the project targeted around 100 girls’ schools around the state for infrastructure interventions to improve teaching as well as learning.

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He further explained that this intervention would also include the provision of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities, particularly in these schools.

The coordinator also added further that computers would also be provided in these schools for every girl to learn digital literacy. This will improve the education sector in Nigeria especially for girls.

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