Oyo State government said it has identified 477 Islamic centers across the state for the first phase of the Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) programme.
The state government has also identified some nomadic centres, as well as centres for hawkers as part of the preparedness for the programme, which is expected to kick off soon.
The Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran said this on Monday, while addressing coordinators of the centres at a meeting in Ibadan, the state capital.
He asserted that since the inception of the BESDA, Oyo State has successfully enrolled over 100,000 out of school children.
He stressed that the Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration was making concerted efforts to reduce the number of out of school children as more children have been joining the queue to have better education.
“Enrolment is increasing in schools across the state because the government has provided a conducive atmosphere of learning and teaching to encourage children to attend schools and until the state government’s efforts at enrolling all out of school children is totally achieved, the Board will not rest on its oars.
“This ongoing effort is reflected in the selection of 477 Islamic as well as some nomadic centers across the state to promote education and prepare fully for the implementation of the BESDA programme, which will soon start in Oyo State,” he said.
According to the chairman, only education offers children the opportunity to confront illiteracy and brings about the desired institutional changes in the country.
He further said that for any country to develop, it must have a well-developed educational system that equips its people and prepares them with adequate knowledge.
Speaking on behalf of other coordinators, an Islamic centre coordinator, Alhaji Abdul-Wahab Oluwakemi from Akinyele Local Government, thanked the Federal and the Oyo State governments for the kind gesture, promising their unalloyed support to the development of education in the state.
The meeting was attended by coordinators from 21 identified local governments, out of the 33 LGAs in Oyo State.