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UNESCO makes case for bridging of gender gap in STEM

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United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has nade strong case for bridging the gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

The Director UNESCO regional office Dakar and OIC UNESCO regional office Abuja, Dr. Dimitri Sanga stated this when he paid a courtesy visit on the minister of Sciebce, Technology and Innovation Ogbonaya Onuh in his office on Thursday

Sanga said his visit was to work closely and look for ways to collaborate with the Nigerian government.

He added that the issue of gender-gap should be looked into, as girls and women should be encouraged through government policy to embrace Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The Minister in his speech said that indigenous plants and herbs can be used to find cure to epilepsy and different forms of cancer, for the benefit of Nigerians and other countries.

Onu said that the Federal Government is working hard to reduce the gender gap in the development of STI in Nigeria, adding that policies are being put on ground to encourage girls and women participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Onu added that the Ministry is working to reverse the degradation of the biosphere through policies like Methanol Fuel Technology, as it will help to manage the effects of gas flaring and environmental degradation.

He informed the UNESCO delegation, that the research Institutes under the supervision of the Ministry are ran and built on world class standards.

The Minister further commended the cordial relationship between Nigeria and UNESCO, describing it as firm, fruitful and long-standing, adding that the existing relationship should be strengthened.

The Minister described Nigeria as Africa’s power house and there should be a need for Nigerian research institutes to be UNESCO category one centres.  

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FPI expels 3 students, withdraws 26 others

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The authorities of the Federal Polytechnic Idah, Kogi State have expelled three students and withdrawn twenty-six others.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.

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SCI honors 23 Girl-Child Right Advocacy Club Members after a Farewell Debate

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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.

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Alternate School’s program: National Steering Committee adopts report on work plan

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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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