US, Sokoto Sign MoU to Support Primary Education 

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(Last Updated On: 2016-11-14)

Olumide Lawal

The U.S. government, through the Agency for International Development (USAID) on Monday announced its continuing support to the education sector in Sokoto state with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the state government.

A statement made available to Authentic Platform News Nigeria by the US Mission Nigeria Corporate Affairs unit says the MoU which was signed by the USAID Mission Director Michael T. Harvey and His Excellency the Governor of Sokoto Aminu Waziri Tambuwal is a five-year agreement which sets out the shared and individual commitments for collaboration in the education sector.

The partnership specifies both USAID and the Government of Sokoto areas for mutual accountability for education activities in the State as contained in the framework.

The MOU supports the Sokoto state government’s goals and targets in its education sector strategic plans and establishes a preliminary plan for joint monitoring and evaluation of progress.

“The United States commends Sokoto State for its extraordinary efforts to provide greater learning opportunities for its children. This MOU will expand the partnership between USAID and Sokoto State to improve primary education in Sokoto,” said USAID Mission Director Michael Harvey.

USAID supports Nigeria’s efforts to improve the quality of and access to basic education.  Currently, USAID implements two activities that support Sokoto State efforts to improve the education sector: the Northern Education Initiative Plus and the Leadership, Empowerment, Advocacy and Development.

These activities build state and local government capacity and systems that will teach approximately 2 million primary school children how to read and allow nearly 500,000 children the opportunity to attend classes in community-based learning centers by the year 2020.

 

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