According to the front page of the Punch Newspaper on 14 November 2016, The U.S. government, through the Agency for International Development, proclaims its on going support to the education sector in Sokoto state with the signing of a five-year memorandum of understanding (MOU). This signing was done by the USAID Mission Director Michael T. Harvey and His Excellency the Governor of Sokoto Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.
This five-year MOU states out the shared and individual commitments of both parties for collaboration in the education sector made by both the USAID and the Government of Sokoto and provides a framework for mutual accountability for education activities in Sokoto State.
It also supports Sokoto state government’s goals and targets in its education sector strategic plans and establishes 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,” USAID Mission Director Michael Harvey stated.
USAID supports Nigeria’s efforts to improve the quality of and access to basic education.
Recently, two activities that support Sokoto State efforts to improve the education sector: the Northern Education Initiative Plus and the Leadership, Empowerment, Advocacy and Development are put into action by USAID.
These two activities 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.