Quranic Centers in Niger State gets UNICEF, DFID N102.5m Grant

By Alex Uangbaoje, Minna

200 Integrated Quranic Centers (IQS) and 210 public primary schools in six Local Government Areas of Niger state, has received N102.5 million grant from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Department for International Development (DFID), for the improvement of school learning facilities and expansion of the facilities to accommodate the pupils.

Mr Francis Elisha, Education Officer, UNICEF Kaduna, disclosed this in Wednesday during field monitoring of the implementation of the projects in Munya, Mariga and Mashegu Local Government Areas of the state.

Elisha added that the school improvement grant was for provision of instructional materials to encourage child enrollment and increase access to education.

He noted that intervention was to help reduce the number of out of school children and integration of formal education into traditional Quranic centers.

Earlier, Malam Abubakar Yunusa, Proprietor of Faidautul Islam Center in Zazzaga community who is Physically Challenged, said that the IQS center was established in 2010 with about 55 pupils.

He said that about 402 pupils were presently studying at the center with 9 teachers

Yunusa disclosed that his passion for education of children inspired him to establish the center.

“This place was built with support from members of the community and the center is accommodating children from three neighboring communities.

“Aside from Islamic teaching, we are also teaching subjects such as Mathematics, English, Physical Health Education, Social Studies and Hausa.

“This is to enable our children acquire both formal and informal education because the pupils will have to go through from primary one to primary six,” he said.

He commended UNICEF/DFID for providing instructional materials and other support to the center to improve teaching and learning.

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