The Better Education Service Delivery has re-integrated 98,000 out-of-school children into the formal education system in Adamawa State.
Consultant for the implementation of the BESDA intervention in Adamawa, Dr Mohammed Degereji, during a one-day, Sustainability Planning Meeting, organised by Adamawa State Universal Basic Education Board, in collaboration with BESDA, said since 2019 when Adamawa joined 17 other states in the federation as beneficiaries of World Bank intervention programme, it had accessed a total of $9m.
Degereji added that the grant was used in transforming basic education service delivery of the state.
He said the state achieved the objectives of BESDA project through the active support of the state Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, who ensured the state met all requirements necessary for the state to access the grant in 2019.
He explained that Adamawa State was expected to utilise the grant in improving literacy skills and access to educational services for the less privileged members of the state who were out of school and also to improve their basic education service delivery.
The state was able to re-integrate a total of 98,000 out-of-school children into the formal education system.
Degereji, in his evaluation report, noted that ‘‘the programme is due to elapse in October; the meeting is convened to get feedback so that it can better plan for the 2022/23 intervention.
“This programme started in 2017 by design but the government of that time did not participate until 2019 when this state government now joined the other states. In the first year which is 2019/2020, we took 53,000 out-of-school children and enrolled them into the formal education system.”
Source: The Punch