A total of 16,260 girls attending Junior and Senior Secondary Schools in Bauchi State are set to benefit from a conditional cash transfer program aimed at incentivizing their school attendance and successful graduation. This initiative falls under the Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment (AGILE) project,Daily Trust reports.
Dr. Jamila Dahiru, the Bauchi State Project Coordinator for AGILE, who also serves as the State Commissioner of Education, made this announcement during a breakfast meeting with Media Executives in Bauchi on Saturday. She explained that each girl in JSS 1-3 will receive a cash incentive of N5,000, while those in SS 1-3 will be entitled to N10,000 every term. These cash rewards are intended to motivate the girls to consistently attend school until they graduate.
Dahiru further disclosed that a digital education program will be implemented to equip these girls with valuable skills for their future. This initiative aims to provide an opportunity for students who had to drop out of school due to financial constraints to return and complete their secondary education.
She emphasized that the primary beneficiaries will be the most economically disadvantaged individuals who lack the means to pay for school fees and other necessary resources. A rigorous assessment process will be in place to determine eligibility.
In addition to increasing the enrollment of female students in schools, the AGILE project is committed to maintaining and enhancing the standard and quality of education. This will be achieved by motivating and adequately equipping teachers to deliver quality education to the students.
The AGILE Project is a World Bank Assisted initiative under the Federal Ministry of Education, designed to improve secondary education opportunities for adolescent girls between the ages of 10 and 20.