Nigeria will scale up its Adolescent Girls Intiative for Learning and Empowerment (AGILE) program to improve secondary education for girls in 18 states. World Bank funding of $700 million will allow the country to scale up AGILE activities from the current seven states to eleven additional states, and also include out-of-school girls, those who are married, and those who have disabilities. In the seven states, the number of girls in secondary schools has risen from about 900,000 to over 1.6 million. Over 5,000 classrooms have been renovated and over 250,000 eligible girls have received scholarships. WASH facilities, computers and solar panels have been installed in secondary schools. "Nigeria's working population will soon be one of the youngest and largest around the world, which means that investing in adolescent girls is imperative when addressing overall economic prospects and growth," said Shubham Chaudhuri, World Bank Country Director for Nigeria.

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