The German Government has announced a new contribution of 15 million euros to UNICEF Nigeria to support the provision of quality and equitable basic education and strengthen the resilience of the most vulnerable communities, especially children, in Adamawa and Yobe states.
UNICEF Country Representative in Nigeria, Mohammed Fall noted that Investing in education is perhaps the best investment any nation can make for its children.
“The investment is timely, as it comes at a moment when efforts are being redoubled to improve both access and quality of education for conflict-affected children.
All children, regardless of their situation, must be supported to access all their basic rights.”
The support which is provided through the German Government’s Development Bank – Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), 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 project 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.”
The KfW contribution will also support UNICEF’s work to link humanitarian needs and long-term development opportunities in target conflict-affected communities in North- East Nigeria.
The German Government is a long-standing partner of UNICEF Nigeria, having contributed over 21 million euros towards the humanitarian and development response in Nigeria since 2016.