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FG and UNICEF sponsor 1.5 million girls in the North for education – Punch Newspapers

The Federal Department of Education, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the United Nations Children’s Fund have teamed up to sponsor the education of 1.5 million girls in the northern Nigeria.

These three parties implemented phase 3 of the girls’ education program in Katsina, Kano, Niger, Sokoto, Zamfara and Bauchi states between 2012 and 2022, in response to low levels of girls’ participation in school .

At the GEP3 National Closing Ceremony held in Abuja on Thursday, partners reported that the program’s investment of $109 million has yielded positive results by enrolling an additional 1.5 million girls in school.

The attendance rate for girls in elementary schools in the six states rose from 43% to 70%, while gender parity improved from 0.73 to 0.97, a statement from the state revealed on Wednesday. UNICEF.

Speaking on the project, Minister of Education Adamu Adamu said, “In our commitment to drastically reduce the number of out-of-school children, Nigeria appreciates the scaling up of evidence-based solutions. to combat this threat, as foreseen by the GEP3. .

“As we continue on this path, we will build on the success of GEP3 to better plan, better budget and make better decisions to get more girls into school.”

UNICEF Representative in Nigeria Cristian Munduate said, “GEP3 has not only succeeded in getting more girls into formal and non-formal schools, but it has also improved learning outcomes.

“GEP3 has raised the profile of educated girls, created positive new social norms in many communities and enabled a transformational shift in mindsets around the importance of girls’ education. It is essential that we advocate for the scaling up of the approach in all states.

“I express UNICEF’s deep gratitude to the UK government for this long-term commitment and funding to support girls’ access to primary school in northern Nigeria.

“Together, much work remains to be done to transition girls into and complete secondary education. This is important not only for the economic prosperity and well-being of the girl and her family, but also to stem the high population growth expected in Nigeria.

“We view the FCDO and the Government of Nigeria as steadfast partners in this complex endeavour.”

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