The World Bank has distributed over 110,000 textbooks and other educational materials to Primary two students in the 909 formal learning centers in Adamawa State as part of Better Educational Services Delivery for All (BESDA).
It also gave 21 refurbished Hilux Jeeps to local government secretaries for effective monitoring and supervision.
According to recent United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) data, 18.5 million Nigerian children are not attending school. According to the African Centre for Leadership Strategy Development, a non-governmental organization, the North-East region accounts for nearly 60% of these children in the country. The figure may not be unconnected with the 10-year insurgency war.
The decline in primary school enrollment inherited by Gov Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has been of concern to the stakeholders in the educational sector. The government has already rolled out different policies to address the trend.
Beneficiaries of the items were urged to use the materials for the purpose they were given.