FG announces $20m funding for North East schools project

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The Federal Government has announced the sum of $20million in funding from the Global Partnership for Education for schools in the North East as part of its plan to implement the safe school initiative.

The safe school initiative was launched in 2014 at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Nigeria by a coalition of Nigerian business leaders, working with the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, as well as the Global Business Coalition for Education and A World at School.

The initiative was set up in response to the growing number of attacks on the right to education, including the kidnapping of over 200 girls from a secondary school in northern Nigeria.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, in a statement issued on Sunday, commended some states and the Federal Capital Territory for their contributions towards the creation of safe schools in the country.

“The goal of Nigerian education is to build a free and democratic society; a just and egalitarian society; a united, strong, and self-reliant nation; and a great and dynamic economy for progress; a united and self-reliant nation; and the nation a land of opportunity for everyone.”

Adamu stated that a secure, peaceful, and safe environment is absolutely necessary in order to guarantee the provision of equal access to educational opportunities for all Nigerian citizens, arguing that the schools must be made safe and secured at all costs.

He recalled that “following last year’s approval of a National Policy on School Safety and Violence Free Schools in Nigeria and its Implementation Guidelines and the domestication of the Safe Schools Declaration in Nigeria, the Federal Ministry of Education in October 2021, hosted an international conference on the SSD to share experience and knowledge with other Sahel countries in addressing attacks on education.”

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