11-year-old Kano Maths Genius Gets World Bank-Assisted Scholarship

A scholarship has been awarded to 11-year-old out-of-school Saratu Garba by the Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment (AGILE), a project funded by the World Bank.

Saratu’s aptitude for math recently went viral on social networking sites, and many people were impressed by her ability to offer quick solutions.

The AGILE Project’s National Office had instructed its Kano office to locate the girl and enroll her in school, according to Aliyu Yusuf, the project’s communication officer, who made the announcement on Wednesday in Kano.

“Coincidentally, the Kano AGILE Project team is on an advocacy visit to the five emirate councils in the state, with a view to soliciting for their support, being critical stakeholders in the promotion of adolescent girls’ education.

“During the team’s visit to Gaya Emirate Council, the girl and her parents were invited to the emir’s palace.

“Representatives of the state ministry of education and the AGILE team briefed the Emir, Alhaji Ali Ibrahim-Abdulkadir, on the intention of the project to shoulder the educational responsibilities of the young girl,” he said.

According to him, the representative of the ministry, Haruna Muhammad-Panidau, presented school uniform, a bag and other learning materials to the young talented girl.

Mr Yusuf said that the Kano Project Coordinator, Ado Tafida-Zango, also presented N20,000 to the girl to support her education.

Saratu told a NAN Correspondent, who visited her hometown, Gwadahi village in Gaya, that she dropped out of school in Primary Four after which she embraced street hawking.

“I am good at mathematics, whether addition, subtraction, division or multiplication. I can calculate numbers in millions of heads, without writing or using a calculator.

“I left school because of bullying. My peers used to call me names which I detested.

“I will not go back to that school. I’ll be happy to continue my studies in another school, away from them,” she said.

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