UK spends £3.2 million on promoting basic literacy in Kano 

The British Council in its efforts to boost education in Kano State it has spent 3.2 million pounds on the implementation of the Kano Literacy and Mathematics Accelerator programme (KaLMA), in Wudil and Dawakin Tofa Local Government Areas of Kano State.

This was just as the council said that no fewer than 255 headteachers, 1,196 class teachers and 28,544 pupils in 181 schools in the two local government areas would receive materials.

The representative of KaLMA in Kano State, Habeeb Saleh, disclosed this at the flag-off of distribution of KaLMA instructional materials in Kano. 

In 2020, KaLMA had produced and distributed teaching and learning materials to all primary four to primary six teachers and pupils in the two local government areas the programme was being implemented in the state.

According to the body, the programme which began in October 2019 was aimed at addressing the lack of foundational skills in basic literacy and numeracy among primary school pupils.

Saleh further disclosed that KaLMA was also providing training and capacity building for teachers, headteachers, student teachers and school support officers in foundational skills methodology comprising teaching at the right level methodology for Maths and Hausa literacy, and using the British Council’s dual-language approach for English.

His words, “The materials are designed to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom as well as improve pupils’ learning outcomes.

“This year, KaLMA has revised, updated and reproduced its teaching and learning materials for use both in classrooms and at home as a response to the challenges around impromptu school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

Earlier, the state commissioner of Education, Muhammad Sanusi Kiru represented by the permanent secretary of the Ministry, Lauratu Diso, commended the British Council for the initiative and pledged continuous support to all development partners in their effort to raise the standard of education in the state.

Speaking on the occasion, the SUBEB executive chairman, Danlami Hayyo, disclosed that the programme would be expanded to 10 local government areas before the end of this year 

He added that a committee had been set up to look at the modalities of expanding the programme to all the 44 local government areas by 2022.

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