THE World Bank, in collaboration with Oxford University, London, is set to do a comprehensive and professional study of Anambra State education module, with the aim of encouraging it to be undertaken elsewhere –– in Nigeria and other countries.
This was the subject of the meeting between the state governor, Peter Obi and three Oxford Economics professors, Clare Leaver, David Johnson and Andrew Zeitlin, recently in London.
The World Bank African Director of Education, Ritva Reinikka and Professor Paul Collier developed interest in what Governor Obi was doing to improve education, especially the return of schools to churches and granting of aids running into billions of naira to them as well as ceding the management of the schools to them after his presentation on that during the World Bank Spring meeting 2012 at Washington, United States.
Following the initial London meeting at the instance of the World Bank and Oxford University, the team is set to carry out special study on what and how Governor Obi was able to collaborate with the churches on education and health care delivery.
It will be recalled that Governor Obi returned over 700 primary schools to their owners –– the churches –– with N6 billion set aside as grants to them to rehabilitate the schools, out of which over N1 billion had been released to them, with the second tranche about to be released after the churches had came up with their work plans on how the rehabilitation would be undertaken.