By Hassan Zaggi
Over one million Nigerian children, especially from vulnerable communities in Adamawa and Yobe states, will in the next few weeks, begin to access qualitative and equitable basic education to be provided by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF).
The German government funded the project with 15 million Euros through its Development Bank – Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW). The aim, is to provide quality and equitable basic education and also strengthen resilience of most vulnerable communities in the affected states.
In a statement by UNICEF Nigeria, “this new contribution will enable UNICEF to support the Government of Nigeria to provide 1,060,000 conflict-affected children and adolescents with increased access to quality education in a safe and healthy learning environment.
“It will also provide 8,200 teachers with increased capacity to deliver quality learning at pre-primary and primary levels and support 500 school-based management committees to plan and maintain a safe and healthy learning environment in schools, with increased community participation.”
The statement however, quoted the UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, Mohamed Fall, as saying that: “All children, regardless of their situation, must be supported to access all their basic rights.
“Investing in education is perhaps the best investment any nation can make for its children.
“This investment is timely, as it comes at a moment when we are redoubling our efforts to improve both access and quality of education for conflict-affected children.”
According to the statement, the KfW contribution will also support UNICEF’s work to link humanitarian needs and long-term development opportunities in target conflict-affected communities in north-east Nigeria.
It would be recalled that the German Government is a long-standing partner of UNICEF Nigeria, having contributed over 21 million euros towards the humanitarian and development response in Nigeria since 2016.