US to support education in Sokoto state

Godwin Ukaa, Abuja

The U.S. government has announced its support and assistance to the education sector in Sokoto State, North West of Nigeria.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by the USAID Mission Director, Mr Michael T. Harvey for the US, while the Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal signed for Nigeria.

The five-year MOU plan is from the Agency for International Development (USAID).

The MOU supports the Sokoto State government’s goals and targets in its education sector strategic plans and establish 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.

Currently, USAID implements some activities that support Sokoto State efforts to improve the education sector. One of them is the Northern Education Initiative Plus. Others cover leadership, empowerment, advocacy and development.

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