100 secondary schools in the state will receive N4.4 billion in funding from the Katsina State Government in collaboration with the Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment.
The ceremony took place on Wednesday in the state’s Bindawa Local Government Area at GSSS Doro.
The fund aims to strengthen the state’s educational system and promote growth by funding the refurbishment of an extra 100 junior and senior secondary schools around the state as part of the “Large Grant – Phase II initiative.”
Governor of the state Dikko Radda reaffirmed the commitment of his administration to enhancing the state’s educational system, saying that it will make sure that children are given a comfortable environment in which to learn.
This was revealed by Isah Miqdad, the governor’s Senior Special Assistant on Digital Media, in a tweet on Wednesday.
The Dikko Raddah-led administration “will not relent to achieve excellence in education and to provide students with well-equipped classrooms and facilities that encourage learning and foster creativity,” according to the governor’s appointed spokesperson.
Speaking as well, Hadiza Yaradua, Commissioner of the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, stated that the N44 million awarded to each of the benefiting schools is intended to address the issues that many schools face, including deteriorating buildings, a shortage of suitable classroom furniture, and a shortage of educational supplies.
The payment, according to her, is the fourth of its kind. The first three were small grants, which were awarded to all 578 junior and senior secondary schools last year; the second phase of a large grant was granted to 100 schools; 188 schools received large grant phase I; 15 schools received mega awards; and 188 schools received small grants.
Part of the tweet claimed, “She stated that the grant disbursement is used to upgrade and improve school infrastructure, including the renovation of classrooms, laboratories, libraries, and administrative blocks.”
Speaking at the event was Dr. Mustapha Shehu, the state coordinator for AGILE, who disclosed that the Katsina government’s relationship with AGILE underscores the significance of partnerships in attaining sustainable growth in education.
Adolescent females’ needs are given special consideration in the AGILE project, which aims to improve education for all, according to him.
The speaker went on to say that the project’s intervention resulted in the establishment of about 150 new secondary schools and the recruitment and training of 2,000 teachers in a two-year timeframe.
It was also mentioned in the tweet that traditional rulers, religious leaders, and the Chairman of the Bindawa Local Government all attended the occasion.