From Abel Daniel, Lafia
TheNasarawa State Government in collaboration with the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) have expressed readiness to partner with the media to reduce out of school children and community learning approach in the state.
Officials of the State Government and UNICEF made the disclosure on Thursday in Lafia at a media dialogue with practitioners and Chief Executives.
Speaking at the media dialogue, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in the state Mohammed Bala, said the government with UNICEF would partner the media to achieve the objectives of the campaign.
He explained that the campaign was in line with the priority of the Governor Abdullahi Sule-led administration to improve school enrolment of children expecially in rural communities.
Also Musa Dan’Azumi, Chairman, Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) represented by Dr. Ibrahim Eshin, Director of Academic Services in the board maintained that the partnership with the media will create stronger awareness.
In his goodwill message, Zachary Adam, Chief UNICEF Kaduna Field Office said they are currently partnering with governments of four states in the North-Central towards ensuring zero out of school related cases.
He said UNICEF is partnering with Kaduna, Niger, Kwara and Nasarawa States Governments on the back-to-school and safe school campaigns.
On his part, Mr Francis Elisha, Education Officer, UNICEF Kaduna Office said the collaboration was aimed at building collective responsibility and support on back-to-school campaigns and school safety in the state.
He added that under the back-to-school and safe school campaigns, UNICEF is currently working in two Local Government Areas (LGAs) with plans to extend it to other 11 LGAs in the state.
“We are currently working with traditional and religious leaders as well as other stakeholders in Lafia and Nasarawa LGA to ensure that all children are back to school irrespective of their social status,” the SUBEB Chairman added.
He listed other objective of the dialogue to include, sharing of global partnership back to school strategy to the public, agreement on possible collaborations, support roles and responsibilities of the media.
Mr. Francis appealed to media practitioners and executives to support the campaign through reportage and programmes with a view to improving the enrolment and sustenance of out-of-school children
FPI expels 3 students, withdraws 26 others
The authorities of the Federal Polytechnic Idah, Kogi State have expelled three students and withdrawn twenty-six others.
The expulsion and withdrawal according to the Public Relations Officer of the Institution, Omale Sule Sunday is in line with the Academic Regulations of the Federal Polytechnic Idah.
According to Sunday the three expelled students were found guilty of various acts of Examination Misconducts during the 2019/2020 2nd Semester Examinations.
He said the Academic Board approval for the withdrawal of the students follows the approvals of the 2019/2020 Second Semester Main/Carryover Examination Result and the Poor Performance of the affected students in the results.
Sunday explained that the withdrawn students cut across seven departments both at the National Diploma and Higher National Diploma levels.
The breakdown of theist list according to departments indicated that, Marketing Department had 7, Architectural Technology Department 1, Public Administration 1, Food Science and Technology 6, while Business Administration and Management Studies has 4.
SCI honors 23 Girl-Child Right Advocacy Club Members after a Farewell Debate
By Ahmed Rufa’i, Dutse
The Save the Children International (SCI) through INSPIRING project supported by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has honored 23 members of Girl-Child Right Advocacy Club of Kude Model Junior and Primary school in Dutse local government in Jigawa state.
The students were honored after a farewell debate organized by the SCI among the members at the school premises.
The participants and student spectators were awarded with different gift items
The debate with the topic: “who’s responsible for protecting the girl child right? Government or Parents? Saw the supporting class side defeating the opposing side by only 2.3 marks.
Speaking shortly after the debate Chief Party INSPIRING project represented by the child health specialist of SCI, Hajiya Mairo Y. Musa said, the debate was targeted at creating boldness for them to raise their voice during any attempt or case of girl-child abuse or molestation.
“This will make them advocates of child right especially girl-child and for more awareness on how to protect themselves against any attempt by who ever the person indiscriminately of the relationship.
She maintained that, the debate will also create awareness for the participants on antenatal and postnatal care, pneumonia, Malaria and cholera diseases.
According to her, it will give more enlightenment to the general public on how important girl child education is in the society as according to her ‘educating the girl-child is educating the entire family ‘.
Hajiya Mairo explained that, 23 girls whom are members of the club have graduated and were being honoured by the Save the Children with some gift items to encourage the younger ones.
The debate also highlighted on the importance of attending antenatal as well as how to avoid any Child molestation from bad people.
She urged parents to report any Child Abuse case to the relevant agencies for appropriate action.
While making his remarks, the Director quality assurance from the State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB, Alhaji Hamisu Ilya assured that Jigawa state government will continue to provide free education for the girl-child in the state.
Alternate School’s program: National Steering Committee adopts report on work plan
The National Steering Committee on Alternate School Program (ASP) after a strategic work plan to ensure a hitch free take off and efficient administration of the Program has adopted the report.
The special adviser to the minister on media Nneka Nkem Anibeze in a statement issued on Tuesday said the presentation, consideration and adoption of the report took place on Tuesday during the 4th meeting of the committee held at the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation in Abuja.
She quoted the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq to have thanked the Technical Working Group for a detailed report which is expected to help reduce illiteracy as well as the number of Out-Of-School Children in the country.
Umar Farouq stated that the provision of operationalization modalities will go a long way in starting off the ASP.
“I want to appreciate the TWG team for a job well-done up to this point and we look forward to considering their output as a team for implementation.
“I feel it is appropriate to remind us all of what this programme seeks to achieve and why it is of such importance to Mr President. The partnership between the core MDAs at targeting the problem of Out-Of-School Children (OOSC) is brought about by the recognition that while Education is a pathway out of poverty, it remains elusive and inaccessible for some segments of vulnerable populations.
“Leveraging on the Ministry’s Social Investment Programmes, a platform is provided for those groups of the vulnerable poor to be able to take advantage of educational opportunities through the ASP and take a first step out of poverty in the long-term.
“While the programme in itself is well-intentioned, it is also ambitious. The very nature of OOSC populations, their size and rising numbers in Nigeria and the objectives of the ASP have determined that traditional approaches to educational programmes are challenged.
“I also thank members of the NSC for their continued patience and spirit of collaborative partnership that has encouraged dialogue and sharing of ideas. All members were invited for their unique value-add, and in considering the TWG presentation, I ask that we provide constructive comments to ensure the optimum implementation of the programme across the nation”.
Earlier while presenting the report, the Chairman of the Technical Working Group Dr Umar Bindir commended members of the group for their contributions in ensuring that the TWG presents a strategic document for the Alternate School Program.
“We have made our research and consultations and this report we have come up with will ensure that the crisis of Out-of -school-Children in the country will be become a thing of the past”.
Part of the report revealed that after the Alternate School Programme elapses, the children will be
on-boarded to traditional schools for further vocational skills acquisition, on-boarded to relevant National Social Investment Programmes, relevant vocational skills and continued social studies sensitization among others.
Also in attendance was the Minister of State, Education, Mr Emeka Nwajiuba who co-chaired the meeting on behalf of the Minister of Education Mallam Adamu Adamu.
The ASP is designed to bridge the gap of access to quality education for Out-Of-School-Children in the country.
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