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UNICEF Enrols 964,325 Out-of-School Children In Sokoto, Zamfara

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United Nations Children and Education Fund (UNICEF) has facilitated the enrolment of 964,325 out of school children from 2012 till date in Sokoto and Zamfara states.

 

UNICEF’s chief field officer in Sokoto, Dr Maryam Darwesh-Said, said this at a media dialogue on Girls’ Education Project (GEP3) yesterday in Sokoto.

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Darwesh-Said said the figure represented 44 per cent in Sokoto and 62 per cent in Zamfara, based on progressive annual school census data.

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She said during the period, the capacities of no fewer than 11,593 teachers were enhanced, out of who 486 were females in the two states.

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The UNICEF chief field officer said 1,280 Integrated Qur’anic School (IQS) facilitators were trained in the two states, 92 of who were females.
He said the project was targeted at supporting efficient and effective governance, w. no fewer than 13,094 school management committee members underwent relevant capacity trainings in both states.
Darwesh-Said said the project ensured three outputs comprising increased enrolment and retention of girls in basic education, improved capacity of teachers to deliver effective learning for girls and improved governance to strengthen girls’ education.
“In recognition of the benefits from GEP, a sustainability strategy document was developed by the states. I urge the states to ensure full implementation of the sustainability plan by incorporating it into their budget to capture required funding contributions for UNICEF supported interventions to facilitate strategic sustainability,” she said.

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Earlier, Sokoto State commissioner for basic and secondary education, Alhaji Bello Abubakar, commended UNICEF and other supporting partners, noting that the state had achieved a lot in the growth of education.
Abubakar said government had put in place better school management, provided habitable learning environment, improved teachers’ methodology and promoted women-teacher model initiative, among others.

The chairman of Sokoto State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Alhaji Altine Kajiji, said the state government had established 76 post-basic literacy centres.
According to Kajiji, t. are two of such centres in each local government area, with one allocated to boys and one to girls, to promote formal learning.
The participants included UNICEF and government officials as well as journalists from the two states. (NAN)

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