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Rights group launches project to track UBE spending

The Resource Centre for Human Rights and Civic Education (CHRICED) has launched an innovative data-driven project to ensure the proper use of funds earmarked for the provision of Universal Basic Education (UBE) in Kaduna State.

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The Executive Director of the centre, Dr. Ibrahim M. Zikirullahi said that the project would provide the platform for communities in Kaduna State to track and report on spending by the relevant agencies, especially the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).

He said in a statement that the organization decided to put the spotlight on basic education delivery because it is the bedrock of education in Nigeria.

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“It provides three years of Early Child Development, and nine years of formal schooling. It is the Federal Government policy for ensuring every child of school age has access to quality basic education. However, while the problem of inadequate funding has been identified as one of the reasons for the low quality of service delivery in the Universal Basic Education (UBE), corruption and its damaging effects have derailed the potential of the policy to deliver quality basic education to citizens.

“This problem merits intervention due to its serious consequences for the millions of pupils produced by the basic education system, for the civil security of the society, and for our national development- hence the project: Social Mobilization for Accountability in the Implementation of Universal Basic Education Funds in Kaduna State,” Zikirullahi said.

According to him, for the next three years, the innovative data-driven project, through expenditure tracking, research, training, media engagement and robust community dialogue sessions, will address the impacts of corruption on basic education delivery and outcomes in Kaduna State.

He said the three-year project is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, a United States based independent philanthropist organization.

He said: “Working with stakeholders and communities in the three focal local governments of Kauru, Kubau and Zaria in Kaduna State, the aim of the data-centered monitoring of the UBE system is to strengthen accountability and transparency in the management of UBE funds in Kaduna State. The project’s ultimate goal is to minimize corruption and financial leakages, while improving the quality of service delivery and outcomes of basic education.”

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