CODE Presents Model for Tracking Basic Education Projects to Kaduna Government
By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna
As part of efforts at ensuring an effective basic education service deliver system in Kaduna State, an NGO, Connected Development (CODE), on Tuesday handed over a harmonized model and tools for participatory basic education spending to the state government.
The model which was accepted and adopted into the state basis education system will be use for monitoring and nomination of projects. It was developed by CODE in collaboration with the Kaduna State Basis Education Board (KAD-SUBEB), to mainstream community members like the Schools Based Management Committees (SBMCs) into KAD-SUBEB’s Annual Action Planning.
Speaking at the adoption event which held at the agency’s office in Kaduna, Chief Executive of CODE, Hamzat Lawal, noted that the policy would aid SMBCs at the school level in providing Kad-SUBEB their urgent school infrastructural priorities in a timely manner which could form a pool
from which KAD-SUBEB can select projects from, for its annual UBE work plan.
“We also believe it would facilitate effective monitoring and evaluation of school projects for the
Board as part of its mandate.
“We strongly hope that this participatory basic education policy is implemented
effectively across the state.” Hamzat added.
He thank the agency and the state government for opening its hands in partnering with his organization in the last three years since they commenced implementation of a project funded by the MacArthur Foundation under its
Nigeria project, aimed at tracking UBE Spending in the State.
“CODE has had an amazing partnership with Kad-SUBEB who shared details of UBE projects being implemented including amounts, implementation timelines, contractors and Bill of Quantity (BoQs) which were cascaded down to CODE.
“The Board was also prompt in responding to community calls as regards project implementation deficiencies, where appropriate. As such, through the support of the Board and using SMTs as agents of change. He said.
In his response, Chairman of the agency, Mallam Tijjani Abdullahi, commended CODE for coming up with the model, which he noted would be of utmost importance to the agency.
According to him, what is more important to him is the quality of education, saying “the project is good, but what is more important to me is the quality of education, the classrooms are there but unless you deliver quality education the classrooms will not be relevant.
“Our biggest challenge is that when we build these schools and provide facilities, the communities doesn’t take ownership. And as a result many of our classrooms are vandalized. We would need organization like yours to engage these communities and SBMCs to take responsibility of the classrooms.
“One area we also need your help is to come up with this kind of template to engage the SBMCs to take ownership and responsibility.”