The World Bank has approved $611 million to support the Nigeria government in tackling the rising statistics of out-of-school children. The number of children currently out of school is about 10.5 million.
Adebayo Solomon, World Bank Education Specialist and Consultant, stated this in Abuja at the 2017/2018 annual school census exercise.
Solomon said the funds would be provided through the Better Education Service Delivery for All Programme, which was aimed at bringing out-of-school children into the classrooms.
“We are working with the National Bureau of Statistics to ensure that some data is verified. Immediately there is verification, each school will collect $30 dollars, and each state government will collect $100,000,” he said.
The exercise will run across the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Adamu Adamu, Minister of Education, who inaugurated the census exercise in Abuja, said the data was necessary for the delivery of quality and all-inclusive education in the country.
Adamu explained that there would be simultaneous commencement of enumeration of all schools, pupils, teachers and facilities in the basic and post-basic school levels in 36 states and the FCT.
“I will also urge for cooperation and full participation of the military, para-military and private schools, both registered and unregistered, almajiri centres, and integrated Koranic schools in this exercise so that we can explore and improve all school environments in order to begin to solve the problem of out-of-school children”, Adamu said.