The World Bank has released $611 million grant to assist the Federal Government in pursuit of Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) operation in Nigeria.
The fund is meant to support the Government with a view to strengthening the Universal Basic Education programme (UBE) and out of school children challenges.
The World Bank Task Team Leader in charge of the Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA), Hajiya Aisha Garba, stated this on at the flag off of BESDA held in Birnin Kebbi.
Aisha Garba, who is also an Educationist with the Bank, noted that the fund was also to address the first pulled of the Federal Ministry of Education ‘Ministerial Strategic Plan 2016-19 on the out-of- school children ‘.
“The objective of BESDA is to increase equitable access for out -of- school children, improve literacy in focus states, and strengthen accountability for results, in basic education in Nigeria.”
She explained that the BESDA fund was disbursed to the states upon achievement of results, stressing that the performing states were rewarded and could choose their own homegrown interventions which best soothes their constraints.
“The results to be rewarded under BESDA are: reduction in numbers of out-of-school children in basic education; improvement of literacy in basic education and better accountability in basic education through availability of administrative data and evidence-based planning.”