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FG plans to launch national plan for financing safe schools

FG plans to launch national plan for financing safe schools

FG plans to launch national plan for financing safe schools

In the midst of serious security challenges ravaging the country, the federal government says efforts were underway to launch a national plan for financing safe schools across the country.

This came as the World Bank, the United States of America, United Kingdom, Norway and other development partners reaffirmed their support for any initiative aimed at enthroning a secure and safe learning environment in Nigerian schools.

The Finance, Budget and National Planning Minister, Zainab Ahmed, gave the hint of the proposed national plan at a summit on ‘Safeguarding Our Schools’ (SOS) organized in Abuja, by the Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC).

She said that the initiative which would be launched before the end of the third quarter of 2022, was to incorporate state level plans, as well as federal government sectoral plans.

Ahmed stated that this was with an emphasis on ensuring adequate budgetary allocation in order to create a safe environment for teaching, learning and restoring confidence in the education system.

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The national plan, she stressed, would be implemented in phases, starting with ‘Most at Risk States’, local governments and schools’ host communities, adding that it would clearly outline how Nigeria intends to protect her schools and other learning places, so that children can once again return to learning in a safer and more secured environment.

According to the minister, in keeping with its responsibility to create a safer and more secure teaching, learning and living environment for her children, the Nigerian government had taken several steps in this direction.

She recalled that to further demonstrate its resolve and that of the people to address the serious challenges posed by conflicts and insecurity to safe schools, the federal government, in consultation with local and global stakeholders, convened a high-level forum on financing safe schools, in partnership with the Emergency Coordination Center, UNICEF and other stakeholders.

The minister said this culminated in a collective set of commitments reflected in the Abuja Compact in October 2021, adding that Nigeria hosted the Fourth International Conference on the Safe Schools Declaration.

FG plans to launch national plan for financing safe schools

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