In order to increase girl-child enrolment and ensure their retention and completion of secondary education, the World Bank considered it apt to introduce the Adolescent Girls’ Initiative for Learning and Empowerment (AGILE) Project. The Project’s development objective is to improve secondary education opportunities among girls in targeted areas in participating states and to ensure enrolment, transition, retention and completion of secondary school education with adequate empowerment skills for adolescent girls. The Project focuses on the human capital development for sustaining economic growth and poverty reduction through improvement in the quality, efficiency of social service delivery and gender equality. The project duration is five (5) years with effect from 2020.
The project plays a complimentary role especially for States like Ekiti that already have in place efforts geared towards some of the objectives of AGILE. In Ekiti State, concerted efforts have been made to ensure girls go to school in all communities. such efforts include, the executive order 001 which makes primary and secondary education free and compulsory for all school age children in the State. The Keep Girls in School policy, which ensures girls are retained in school no matter the challenges. keeping girls in school supports economic growth, promotes peace and helps reduce gender equality and gender preference. When girls receive quality education, they stand the chance of having a brighter future.
Mr. 'Biodun Abayomi Oyebanji
His Excellency, Governor of Ekiti State
Dr. Mrs. K. O. O. Aderiye mni
Hon. Commissioner for Education
Dr. Mrs. Folakemi Olomojobi
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education
PROJECT COORDINATOR, EKITI AGILE
“It is a response to the many challenges and constraints adolescent girls face in accessing and completing secondary education”
EKITI ADOLESCENT GIRLS’ INITIATIVE FOR LEARNING AND EMPOWERMENT (AGILE)
AGILE project uses secondary school as a platform to empower girls through education, health education (e.g., nutrition, reproductive health), GBV awareness and prevention, digital literacy and life skills needed to successfully navigate the different stages of life, in 18 states of the federation: Kano, Kebbi, Kaduna, Katsina, Borno, Plateau and Ekiti. Others are Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, kogi, kwara, Niger, Nasarawa, Jigawa, Yobe, Sokoto and Zamfara
EKITI AGILE COMPONENTS
ACHIEVEMENT SO FAR
- School Based Management Committees (SBMC) instituted in all 203 public Secondary Schools.
- Completion of the Small Grant renovation works, construction of toilets and procurement of furniture in the 202 Ekiti Secondary Schools
- Commencement of the disbursement of funds for Large Grant to 203 Public Secondary Schools
- Interface Meeting with State GBV Management committee members for support
- Sensitization Meeting on AGILE with Chairmen and their wives in the 16 LGAs and LCDAs.
- Training of SBMC members, Schools Principals, Chairmen and Students across the 3 Senatorial Districts in Ekiti State on Environmental/Social Safeguard and GRM & GBV issues.
- Distribution of GBV Sign Posts and Policy, Complaint Boxes, Complaint Registers to all the 203 Public Secondary Schools.
- Training of 194 trainers on digital literacy skill
- Training of 200 ICT Teachers on Remote Learning Platform.
- Training of Students on Digital literacy in 35 pilot schools
- Townhall meetings with Stakeholders on AGILE Activities held in 11 Local Governments: Irepodun/Ifelodun, Ekiti West, Ekiti Southwest, Ise/Orun, Moba, Oye, Ido-Osi, Efon, Ilejemeje, Gbonyin and Ikere.
- Stakeholders’ Engagement on Security Risk Assessment Plan at the Three (3) Senatorial Districts.
- Training of 16 Trainers: Guidance & Counsellors and Community Mentors on Safe Space Implementation
- Distribution of Sanitary Pads to female members of the GBV Club
- Cascade Training on Safe Space Implementation for Guidance and Counsellors and mentors in the Local Governments.
- Interactive meetings with Principals on Safe Space section in 101 Schools.
- Safe Space Roll out in 60 Schools with a total of 2202 students in attendance
- Training of Students on Digital Literacy Skills .
- Procurement of 910 Laptops to selected Schools.