The provision of independent water sources and better toilet facilities to over 500 hundred schools In Katsina state, in just one year, has been applauded by many.
The absence of these basic amenities in schools in the past, not only threatened the existence of many schools, but also affected the enrolment of students, their retention, and their transition to secondary schools.
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TVC News correspondent Abdullatif Yusuf takes a look at the recent efforts being made by the state to improve education, through the world bank assisted project Adolescent girls initiative for learning and empowerment. (Agile).
Most schools around the state are now wearing a new look courtesy of the world bank’s assistance to 7 states in the country to improve school infrastructure and learning.
Students have never had it so good, they have enough water and adequate toilets for their convenience, unlike the years before when open defecation was a common problem in schools.
Those with special needs are also not left out as they now have interventions to relieve some of the challenges encountered.
Good toilet facilities have been a major challenge for most of the students as some have had to leave school due to lack of water and good toilets.
Ever since the UNICEF pronouncement on the low enrollment retention and transition of pupils from primary to junior secondary schools in Katsina state, the state government has not relented in search of solutions to these problems.
The project has also strengthened the school-based management committees to undertake their priority projects in line with their need assessment designs.
These two phases of disbursement have assisted schools in sinking boreholes and water reticulation projects to connect to toilets and school premises.
The determination of returning students to schools is not only recording a huge success but is placing the communities in a greater position to look after schools in their domain for easier maintenance.
Schools have been able to receive up to 12 million naira under the agile project for the first time, based on their population to undertake these projects.
The adolescent girls initiative for learning and empowerment is also set to disburse large grants to further assist schools in renovation construction of new classes, seats and supply of instructional materials among others.