US, Sokoto Govt Sign MoU To Improve Primary Education

US, Sokoto Govt Sign MoU To Improve Primary Education

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) ‎with the Sokoto government to improve primary education in the state.

A statement by the Special Adviser to G‎overnor Aminu Tambuwal on Media, Imam Imam said the five-year MOU was signed by USAID Mission Director Michael T. Harvey and the Governor of Sokoto state, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.

It said the 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 Sokoto State.

“The MOU supports the Sokoto state government’s goals and targets in its education sector strategic plans and establishes a preliminary plan for joint monitoring and evaluation of progress,” the statement read.

It quoted USAID Mission Director Michael Harvey as saying: “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 explained that “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.”

It stated further: “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 centres by the year 2020.”