United States signs MOU to support basic education in Sokoto

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By; ABDULL-AZEEZ AHMED KADIR.
The U.S. government, through the Agency for International Development (USAID), has announced continued support to the education sector in Sokoto state with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) by the USAID Mission Director, Michael T. Harvey and the Governor of Sokoto, Alhaji Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.
According to a statement by theGovernor’s spokesperson MAllam Imam Imam, the five-year MOU sets out the shared and individual commitments for collaboration in the education sector made by both USAID and the Government of Sokoto and provides a framework for mutual accountability for education activities in the state.
“The MOU supports the Sokoto state government’s goals and targets in its education sector strategic plans and established a preliminary plan for joint monitoring and evaluation of progress” the statement stressed.
 
“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,” the statement quoted USAID Mission Director Michael Harvey to have said.
 
“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’ the statement concluded.

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