Olanrewaju Lawal, Birnin-Kebbi
The World Bank has said that that $611 million released for the Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) operation in Nigeria was meant for supporting the country in strengthening the Universal Basic Education (UBE) programme 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 the BESDA held, in Birnin-Kebbi, Hajia Garba said this while on a visit to Governor Atiku Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State, recently
Garba, who is also an Education Specialist with the Bank, noted that the fund was also to address the first pool of the Federal Ministry of Education’s ‘Ministerial Strategic Plan 2016-19 on out-of- school children’.
“The objective of BESDA is to increase equitable access for out-out-school children, improve literacy in focus states, and strengthen accountability for results, in basic education in Nigeria.”
She explained that the BESDA funds are disbursed to states upon achievement of results, stressing that the performing states are 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.”