The World Bank has approved $611 million to support the Nigeria government in tackling the rising statistics of out-of-school children, who are currently put at about 10.5 million. The World Bank Education Specialist and Consultant, Adebayo Solomon, stated this in Abuja at the 2017/2018 annual school census exercise. The exercise will run across the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Solomon said the step by the World Bank was to support the Federal and state governments in their efforts to foster inclusion in education, which is in consonance with the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan of the Federal Government. He noted that 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.
He said, “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.” The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, who inaugurated the census exercise in Abuja, said the data was necessary for the delivery of quality and all-inclusive education in the country.