Society for Promotion of Education and Development (SPED) has called on Civil Society Organisations (CSOs ) to monitor and ensure the implementation of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) fund in the country.
Mr Tochukwu Okafor, the Executive Director of SPED, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja.
NAN recalls that the World Bank, through the GPE, earmarked the sum of 500 million dollars as grant for the development of basic education in five states in Nigeria.
The project is expected to be implemented by the Nigerian Partnership for Education Project (NIPEP) with Jigawa, Kano, Kaduna, Katsina and Sokoto as the benefitting states.
“Every stakeholder in the education sector, particularly the CSOs, has a hand in ensuring that this programme succeeds and that education in the country meets global standard.
“The programme implementation strategies are part of the things the civil society has developed to ensure that they monitor effectively from the beginning to the end.’’
Commenting on the intervention programmes of SPED, he said that the organisation builds and renovates schools to improve access to education.
He added that SPED also gives scholarship to indigent children, identifying Kuje Area Council as one of the beneficiaries.
Okafor explained that the organisation had provided eight rural communities in Kuje with potable water because lack of water was one of the reasons children did not perform well in school.
According to him, children have to trek three to four kilometres daily in search of `poor table water’’ because the water they go in search of is very poor.
He noted that the time children should spend in school learning is the time they spend in search of water, making learning outcome very low and their participation in school also very poor.
He also said that many residents of the Federal Capital Territory were living in abject poverty.
“It would baffle you to know that there are still communities within the FCT that are living in abject poverty.
“And we found out that one of the reasons why children are not in school was basically due to poverty; the extent of poverty in such communities is quite devastating.
“Some parents choose not to send their children to school; they prefer them working with them in their farms to ensure that they improve family economy,’’ Okafor said.
NAN reports that SPED is a NGO promoting public private partnership in education and development in rural communities.