By Ogalah Ibrahim

The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) says 20,802 out-of-School children in Katsina State have been selected to receive a cash transfer of N16,000 through its programme, Educate A Child (EAC) sponsored by a Qatar Foundation.

Through the cash transfer programme, a total of N332,832,000 will be disbursed to the 20,802 beneficiaries selected from Kafur, Mani and Safana Local Government Area of the state.

UNICEF on Friday commenced the disbursement of the cash transfer to some of the beneficiaries in Mani Local Government Area of the state

Speaking at the launch, Mr. Rahama Mohammed Farah, Chief of UNICEF, Kano Field Office said “the cash transfer programme is designed to enable children, especially girls and almajiris’ to go to school and stay in school.”

Farah said, “the funds will be disbursed through 10,557 female parents and caregivers to assist 20,802 children return to school.

“Each female parent/caregiver will receive N8,000 per tranche, twice in 2022, amounting to N16,000 per beneficiary.

“The cash transfer programme will ensure that beneficiaries are enrolled and retained in school, including Integrated Qur’anic Schools (IQS), and that they are provided with literacy and numeracy skills linked to employability and livelihood schemes.”

Farah also noted that the Education Above All Foundation (EAA) of Qatar funded programme is being implemented by UNICEF in Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara States.

The Chief of Kano UNICEF office commended the state government for the recorded increase in primary school enrollment and completion and also for the recently enacted law granting access to basic education in the state.

He urged the State government to continue to build on the progress made despite the challenges the state faces both on the economic and security fronts, assuring them of UNICEF’s continued partnership to deliver on the right to safe, inclusive, quality learning for every child.

Farah also appealed to the Katsina State government to allocate and dispense more resources to the education sector, especially the education development budget that addresses the improvement of the learning environment that directly impacts the quality of learning outcomes.

Speaking at the launch, Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, lauded the UNICEF initiatives sponsored by Education Above All Foundation (EAA) of Qatar, and the GEP3 project as well, assuring that the state is working towards sustaining these programmes.

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