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World-Bank boost girls education project with $700m

The World Bank Group has upscaled its financing for Adolescent Girls’ Initiative for Learning and Empowerment ,AGILE, from 500 million dollars to 1.2 billion dollars to enable the Project cover 11 more States.

The State Governments indicated interest to participate in the AGILE, Project, a World Bank assisted Project of the Federal Government to improve senior secondary education and empowerment opportunities for adolescent girls in their respective domains.

According to the Communications Officer of AGILE, Ms Linda Irabor, the National Project Coordinator, Mrs. Amina Buba Haruna, stated this in a meeting with representatives of the World Bank, State Commissioners for Education, Chairs of State Universal Basic Education Board, (SUBEB), and  Permanent Secretaries, State Ministries of Education. the Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, says the World Bank Group’s Task Team for AGILE Project reveled tge upsacale when they paid a courtesy visit to the ministry

Similarly, the Minister has appreciated the additional funding of 700 million dollars by the group and expressed her commitment to Girl-child education in the country

She however decried the situation where budgeted fund for Girl-child education is domiciled in Federal Ministry of Education instead of Federal Ministry of Women Affairs which carries out the advocacy to drive not just enrolment but completion of education to Senior Secondary School by every adolescent Girl-child.

According to Dame Pauline Tallen it was for this reason, the ministry had been advocating for a separate budget line for Girl-Child education in Federal Ministry of Women Affairs annual budget.

“Education of the Girl-child is our top priority, we advocate strongly for it, because as we see it, you educate a woman you have empowered the woman. We also push for second chance education for girls that left school probably due to pregnancy or marriage, and want to get back to school or training institute”  she said

“To keep up this kind of training institutions to benefit the Girl-child, I am also advocating for private-sector-driven or Government pays for the training of the Girl-child while the private sector runs it.” said the Minister.

A Senior Education Officer with World Bank Aisha Garba explained that the $7 million added to the initial fund of $5million in 2020 was approved to the closing of the First disbursement in July 2025.

The AGILE funding disbursement has been creating safe and assessable learning spaces, Fostering an enabling environment for girls and Project management and system strengthening with substantially encouraging results from its application.

The additional financing to the tune of US$7 million was predicated upon Government’s demand, commitment and alignment with World Bank agenda based on the Persistence of challenges in educating adolescent girls; and the Need to scale impact and expand target group.

Writing by Azizatu Sani; Editing by Chinasa Ossai, Omotola Oguneye