By Suzan Edeh
BAUCHI—AN eight year project known as the Girls Education in Northern Nigeria phase 3, GEP, is targeting 1,150,000 girls to access basic education in five northern states, even as donor partners have threatened to withdraw counterpart funding because of lack of state governments commitment.
The project which is funded by Department for International Development, DFID, and managed by UNICEF, is being implemented in five northern states of Bauchi, Niger, Katsina, Sokoto and Zamfara.
It is expected to last between May 2012 and April 2020.
The project is aimed at addressing problems associated with poor enrolment of girls in schools, gender disparity and inequality as well as improving the quality of teaching in schools.
A UNICEF Education Officer, Tukur Yabo, made this position known during a two-day orientation meeting for media professionals from UNICEF C and D Field Offices in five implementing states of Girls Education Project, GEP, in Minna, Niger State.
He said the rate of children particularly girls that were out of school in the country remained one of the highest in the world, while the northern part of the country was still very high, hence the need for the implementation of the girls’child education project in the five northern states.
According to him, the phase one and two of the project started from 2005-2012 and it recorded tremendous successes because female enrollment in the five northern states of Bauchi, Katsina,Niger and sokoto, increased by 488,000.