Lagos – Former United Kingdom Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, has hailed the Safe Schools for Nigeria Initiative in the West African country.
The initiative came as a result of the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State by the Boko Haram two years ago.
Brown, speaking at an event the Global Business Coalition for Education organized in Washington, United States.
It coincided with the abduction of the 276 girls at the secondary school northeast of Nigeria.
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Brown, who helped establish the Safe Schools for Nigeria Initiative, hailed it as a successful and an effective public-private-third sector partnership.
The Safe Schools Initiative was initiated to protect hundreds of schools in Nigeria amid terror attacks disenfranchising youngsters.
It is aimed at benefitting benefit more than 500 schools in the northern states of Nigeria through a $10 million fund pledged by a coalition of Nigerian business leaders, working with the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Brown, among others.
While much of the debate in Washigton focused on the primacy of continuing to provide education in emergency and humanitarian situations worldwide, Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, set out the wider and longer-term educational challenges of the continent of Africa.
The bank has invested US$1,6 billion in some 50 individual projects in the last ten years.
Thirty per cent of the world’s illiterate people are in Africa, he said, as are nearly half of the world’s children who are out of school.
- News 24