The Government of Ekiti State has distributed 2,600 laptops to 100 secondary schools on Tuesday to enhance learning.
The distribution took place in Ado-Ekiti under the Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment Project (AGILE), a World Bank scheme.
Speaking during the distribution, the wife of the Governor, Dr Olayemi Oyebanji, said the intervention would support the government’s efforts at free education programme.
“The AGILE project is designed to respond to the challenges and constraints adolescent girls faced in accessing and completing secondary school education.
“I am glad that the project is supporting the state’s efforts at enhancing academic, digital and life skills of our adolescents.
“It gives fillip to government’s determination to groom a mass of adequately equipped youths who are global-ready’’ she said.
According to Oyebanji, the 900 laptops will be given out to 35 schools, while 65 others will get 1,600 laptops in the next two months.
AGILE reportedly allocated 25 million dollars to Ekiti to provide laptops, renovate schools, and provide instructional materials, especially to achieve a conducive learning environment for adolescent girls.
Alo speaking, Ekiti House of Assembly Committee on Education, Bode Adeoye, expressed the legislature’s readiness to commence legislation to institutionalise the programme for sustainability.
“As ally to the Executive arm of government, we shall support this project.
“Education is the main industry in our dear state, so promoting girl-child education is one priority we should all support.
“Women are no longer taking the backseat in Ekiti. We know that AGILE will also help in widening the girl-child’s access to education,’’ he said.
Yewande Adesua, the AGILE Coordinator in the state appreciated the state government for the gesture, restating tghe importance of the scheme.