The project development objective is to improve access and quality of basic education in selected States, with particular attention to girls’ participation. The GPE grant builds on ongoing government expenditures and commitments, IDP activities and experience and provides a targeted program of support reflecting several critical areas needed to improve education service delivery as well as a means for coordinating interventions among government and development partners. The proxy for measuring “improved quality of basic education” is through improved learning outcomes in terms of Numeracy, Hausa and English literacy rates. 

The project focuses on the human capital development for sustaining economic growth and poverty reduction through improvement in the quality and efficiency of social service delivery at the state level to promote social inclusion, strengthening governance, public sector management and gender equity.


The direct beneficiaries from the participating States of Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, and Sokoto are the pupils, particularly girls, who attend basic education schools and integrated Islamiyya schools funded by government, OOS children particularly girls, and the teachers in government schools who will receive training and support.  Indirect beneficiaries include government staff at Federal, State and LGA levels, as well as members of SBMCs and the communities they represent.