The U.S. government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Sokoto state to support and improve the education sector.

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The five-year MoU will be facilitated through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

The MOU will see the U.S. support Sokoto state government’s goals and targets in its education sector strategic plans and also the establishment of a preliminary plan for joint monitoring and evaluation of progress.

“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.

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The USAID is already backing the Northern Education Initiative Plus and the Leadership, Empowerment, Advocacy and Development.

The aim of both programmes is to 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.

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