by Usman Alabi
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Sokoto state.
The five year MoU sets out the shared and individual commitments for collaboration in the education sector made by both USAID and Government of Sokoto and provides framework for mutual accountability for education activities in the state.
“The United States commends Sokoto State for its extraordinary efforts to provide greater learning opportunities for its children. This MOU will expand the partnership between USAID and Sokoto State to improve primary education in Sokoto,” said Michael Harvey, USAID Mission Director.
Currently, USAID implements two activities that support Sokoto State efforts to improve the education sector: the Northern Education Initiative Plus and the leadership, Empowerment, Advocacy and Development.
These activities according to vanguard newspaper would build state and local government capacity and systems that will teach approximately 2 million primary school children how to read and allow nearly 500,000 children the opportunity to attend classes in community-based learning centers by the year 2020.