Government of Germany is supporting United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Nigeria with 15m euros to boost education fund of vulnerable children in Adamawa and Yobe States.
According to a statement by UNICEF, the support will boost the provision of quality and equitable basic education and strengthen the resilience of the most vulnerable communities especially children, in the two states.
The education fund is being provided through German Government’s Development Bank – Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) and the new contribution will enable UNICEF to support the Government of Nigeria to provide 1,060,000 conflict-affected children and adolescents with increased access to quality education in a safe and healthy learning environment.
The fund will also provide 8,200 teachers with increased capacity to deliver quality learning at pre-primary and primary levels and support 500 school-based management committees to plan and maintain a safe and healthy learning environment in schools, with increased community participation.
In the words of UNICEF Representative, Mohamed Fall “All children, regardless of their situation, must be supported to access all their basic rights. Investing in education is perhaps the best investment any nation can make for its children.
“This investment is timely, as it comes at a moment when we are redoubling our efforts to improve both access and quality of education for conflict-affected children,” said Fall.
The KfW education fund contribution is also expected to support UNICEF’s work to link humanitarian needs and long-term development opportunities in target conflict-affected communities in North-East Nigeria.
So far, German Government is a long-standing partner of UNICEF Nigeria, having contributed over 21m euros towards the humanitarian and development response in Nigeria since 2016.