The Centre for Media Advocacy for Mother and Child (CAMAC), an NGO, has called on governments at all levels to invest in the future of children by improving children’s access to quality and affordable education.
The Executive Director of the NGO, Mr Alex Uangbaoje, made the appeal in a statement in Kaduna on Wednesday in commemoration of the 2020 Children’s Day.
Uangbaoje said that children constituted 42 per cent of the country’s population, adding that one third of children between six and 14 years of age are not in school.
According to him, Nigerian children have a lot of potential that can only be harnessed through good education and training.
“CAMAC believes that children must be given all the necessary care and attention, especially quality education needed to attain their goals in life.
“As such, government at all levels and other relevant stakeholders must make concerted efforts to provide quality and accessible education to children to safeguard their future.
“The federal, states and local governments must, therefore, implement policies and programmes that will better prepare the children to tackle the problems of the future.”
He commended the government for closing down schools and taken other necessary measures to safeguard children and the rest of the population from the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19).
He pointed out that one of the positive effects of COVID-19 in the country was the attention it drew to the need to restructure the Almajiri (Qur’anic) system of education in the country.
“Many of the Almajiris roaming the streets and begging for alms are now being repatriated to their states of origin to live under the care and protection of their parents.
“In the case of Kaduna State, the children are not only being reunited with their families, but plans are on by the state government to ensure that they are enrolled in school,” he said.
Edited By: Joe Idika/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)