FG inaugurates the World Bank’s $200 million IDEAS project

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The federal government on Monday inaugurated the Development of Innovation and Effectiveness in Skills Acquisition (IDEAS) project to address the challenges facing the country’s education sector.

The World Bank is supporting the IDEAS project in each participating state with a $200 million credit facility for its smooth implementation.

The project has four components whose main objective is to strengthen the capacity of the Nigerian skills development system to produce relevant skills for the formal and informal sectors.

The first component aims to provide a grant for the rehabilitation and modernization of federal and state technical colleges to transform their operating models into public-private partnerships, in which industry partners take a leading role in the institutional governance, management and planning, training and service delivery. .

The second component will provide a comprehensive package of capacity building interventions to improve and modernize informal apprenticeships in selected informal sector groups.

The third component will improve the availability of qualified and competent technical teachers and instructors in the skills development space across the country, including teaching staff from private skills development institutions, starting with teaching staff from technical colleges.

The fourth component will be to roll out the reform of the Nigerian Vocational Qualifications Framework, which involves the development and revision of curricula based on the national vocational standard, as well as the training and certification of assessors and trainers.

The inauguration was marked by a workshop organized by the Federal Ministry of Education in collaboration with the World Bank to ensure the success of the IDEAS project.

The workshop, which was held in the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, was aimed at monitoring and evaluation officers in the education sector.

Education Minister Adamu Adamu said the successful implementation of the IDEAS project will help Nigeria develop its economy.

(NOPE)

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