Ekiti, six others get $500m World Bank Girl-Child secondary education fund

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Ekiti State is set to benefit from the World Bank approved $500 million credit for the Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment (AGILE) towards improving secondary education opportunities among girls in the country.

Accessing the fund, Ekiti is also joined by Kano, Kebbi, Kaduna, Katsina, Borno, and Plateau states.

According to a Statement issued by the World Bank Abuja office on Wednesday, the credit was approved from its International Development Association (IDA) which provides grants to developing countries.

“The grants are with low to zero-interest loans for projects and programmes that contribute to economic growth and improve the livelihood of the populace in such nations.

“The AGILE project is expected to use secondary as a platform to empower girls through education, life skills, health education, Gender-Based Violence awareness and prevention, negotiations skills, self-agency and digital literacy skills.

“A minimum of 6 million girls and boys are expected to benefit from the project, and many more students are expected to continue benefiting after the project ends,” the Statement read.

The AGILE fund will provide additional finance to support Governor Kayode Fayem’s effort in developing the State’s education sector, with a focus on girls in secondary schools.

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