By Favour Nnabugwu
The UK Department for International Development (DFID) said it has spent N46.2 billion in promotion of education in Nigeria through projects support.
This was made known in Abuja when the six International Development Partners (IDP) paid the Minister of Education a courtesy visit to highlight some of the progress they have made so far in the operational plan of 2010-2014.
Barbara Payne, DFID’s Senior Education Adviser at an interactive forum with the Minister of Education, Ruqayyatu Rufa’I in Abuja said over 186 million pounds (approximately N45.2 billion) has been injected into the education system in Nigeria to boost capacity but that the impact has not trickled down effectively.
He said their target is to get 800,000 children into school and accessing improved learning outcomes by 2014. She pointed out that the agency is committed to the project so that by 2015, all children will be in school.
Payne said that their focused support for education programmes in Nigeria is to improve the learning outcomes for children in primary and junior secondary schools,especially in the north.
She also said that 36 million pounds will be spent on training of 66,000 teachers for the next six years while N12.7 billion is budgeted for the two new programmes that will be introduced soon.
Barbara Payne said that the team is currently carrying out a composite survey to see the impact of the Education Sector Support Programme (ESSPIN) they introduced in 2008-2013 in six states of the federation, adding that ESSPIN started implementing a school effectiveness model in 1,000 schools and is now planning to work in up to 10,500 schools in six states.