Yobe State has a total of 658,770 out-of-school children, Focal Officer, Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) Samaila Bulama Machina disclosed.
Machina who made the startling revelation during the flag-off of 65,000 Almajiri and vulnerable girls sponsored by the World Bank in Damaturu yesterday, said, Yobe State is one of the worst states afflicted by high incidence of out of the school children in Nigeria.
He noted that the state was lucky to be one of the beneficiaries among the 17 states in Nigeria that will be covered by the programme.
Machina identified the local governments selected as: Bade, Bursari, Damaturu, Machina, Nguru, Potiskum, Yusufari, Fika, Fine and Nangere for both almajiris and the girl child.
He noted that 40,000 almajiris and 25,000 girl-child across 1,300 centres are targeted in the benefiting local government areas.
“The BESDA programme development objectives is to increase equitable access for out of school children, improve literacy and strengthening accountability for results in basic education in Nigeria”, he said.
Machina added that each of the enrollees would be given clothes, shoes, learning materials and food during the learning hours among other incentives, while the centres would be equipped with mats, first aid kits and instructors for the 9 months intensive literacy classes.
Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) is a National Operation Implemented at multiple levels to meet the demands of the structure of Universal Basic Education (UBE).
The US $ 611 million single largest investment by the world bank in sub-saharan Africa to Better Education Service Delivery for All in 17 focus states of Nigeria.
The states are: Yobe, Borno, Bauchi, Adamawa, Taraba, Gombe, Kaduna and Jigawa.
Others are; Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Niger, Ebonyi, Rivers and Oyo.