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  •  The Association of Nigerian Authors has congratulated its grand patron and former Chairman Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC Prof Anezionwu Okoro on his 91st birthday In a congratulatory message entitled 91 Gun Salute to our Father Prof Anezi Okoro in Enugu on Sunday the Enugu State Chairman of ANA Comrade Zulu Ofoelue described Okoro as a great motivator counselor icon and leader Prof Anezi Okoro is a renowned professor of medicine specialized in dermatology who became one of Nigeria s most prolific writers who created stories that have inspired many writers and imparted deeply in Nigerian youths Some of his literary works include The Village School New Broom at Amanzu One Week One Trouble Double Trouble Second Great Flood and Akuko Ufodu Shakespeare koro Lambs tales from Shakespeare Ofoelue said In her message the President Coal City Literary Foundation Dr Adaobi Nwoye said that the literary icon had been a pillar of support and encouragement to the foundation and always willing to proffer literary advice to writers The state Chairman of Albino Foundation Mr Emeka Ugwu thanked God for his long life and good health and his very rich contributions to the improvements of the lives of persons living with albinism He said that the writer played a major role to development of literary works in the country Mr Victor Atuonwu former Chief of Staff to ex Gov Sullivan Chime and Prof s personal aide as UBEC Chairman described Okoro as a selfless man who contributed immensely to the development of Nigeria According to him Prof Okoro has done a lot for this country but has remained unrecognized even for National honours It s not fair Prof contributed to the choosing of Abuja as the federal capital yet no single street is named after him in Abuja he said Prof Anezi Okoro was the first black African dermatologist and the oldest living literary icon He attended Methodist College Uzuakoli Dennis Memorial Grammar School DMGS and was the pioneer medical student of the University of Ibadan The literary giant has published over 200 novels and poems He is a member of numerous learned societies and professional organizations including the Nigeria Medical Association West African College of Physicians African Association of Dermatologists and British Association of Dermatologists His son Chukwuma described his father in the words of Samuelson Iwuoha Prof Anezionwu Okoro is an institution human conglomerate an academic and intellectual giant who is undoubtedly a miracle of ingenuity MNA Edited By Maureen Atuonwu NAN
    ANA, others celebrate literary icon, Prof Anezi Okoro at 91
     The Association of Nigerian Authors has congratulated its grand patron and former Chairman Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC Prof Anezionwu Okoro on his 91st birthday In a congratulatory message entitled 91 Gun Salute to our Father Prof Anezi Okoro in Enugu on Sunday the Enugu State Chairman of ANA Comrade Zulu Ofoelue described Okoro as a great motivator counselor icon and leader Prof Anezi Okoro is a renowned professor of medicine specialized in dermatology who became one of Nigeria s most prolific writers who created stories that have inspired many writers and imparted deeply in Nigerian youths Some of his literary works include The Village School New Broom at Amanzu One Week One Trouble Double Trouble Second Great Flood and Akuko Ufodu Shakespeare koro Lambs tales from Shakespeare Ofoelue said In her message the President Coal City Literary Foundation Dr Adaobi Nwoye said that the literary icon had been a pillar of support and encouragement to the foundation and always willing to proffer literary advice to writers The state Chairman of Albino Foundation Mr Emeka Ugwu thanked God for his long life and good health and his very rich contributions to the improvements of the lives of persons living with albinism He said that the writer played a major role to development of literary works in the country Mr Victor Atuonwu former Chief of Staff to ex Gov Sullivan Chime and Prof s personal aide as UBEC Chairman described Okoro as a selfless man who contributed immensely to the development of Nigeria According to him Prof Okoro has done a lot for this country but has remained unrecognized even for National honours It s not fair Prof contributed to the choosing of Abuja as the federal capital yet no single street is named after him in Abuja he said Prof Anezi Okoro was the first black African dermatologist and the oldest living literary icon He attended Methodist College Uzuakoli Dennis Memorial Grammar School DMGS and was the pioneer medical student of the University of Ibadan The literary giant has published over 200 novels and poems He is a member of numerous learned societies and professional organizations including the Nigeria Medical Association West African College of Physicians African Association of Dermatologists and British Association of Dermatologists His son Chukwuma described his father in the words of Samuelson Iwuoha Prof Anezionwu Okoro is an institution human conglomerate an academic and intellectual giant who is undoubtedly a miracle of ingenuity MNA Edited By Maureen Atuonwu NAN
    ANA, others celebrate literary icon, Prof Anezi Okoro at 91
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    ANA, others celebrate literary icon, Prof Anezi Okoro at 91

    The Association of Nigerian Authors has congratulated its grand patron and former Chairman, Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Prof Anezionwu Okoro on his 91st birthday.

    In a congratulatory message entitled “91 Gun Salute to our Father, Prof Anezi Okoro”  in Enugu on Sunday, the Enugu State Chairman of ANA, Comrade Zulu Ofoelue described Okoro as a great motivator,counselor, icon and leader.

    “Prof Anezi Okoro is a renowned professor of medicine specialized in dermatology who became one of Nigeria’s most prolific writers who created stories that have inspired many writers and imparted deeply in Nigerian youths.

    “Some of his literary works include The Village School, New Broom at Amanzu, One Week, One Trouble; Double Trouble, Second Great Flood and Akuko Ufodu Shakespeare koro (Lambs tales from Shakespeare),”. Ofoelue said.

    In her message, the President, Coal City Literary Foundation, Dr Adaobi Nwoye said that the literary icon had been a pillar of support and encouragement to the foundation and always willing to proffer literary advice to writers.

    The state Chairman of Albino Foundation, Mr Emeka Ugwu thanked God for his long life and good health and his very rich contributions to the improvements of the lives of persons living with albinism.

    He said that the writer played a major role to development of literary works in the country.

    Mr Victor Atuonwu , former Chief of Staff to ex Gov Sullivan Chime and Prof’s personal aide as UBEC Chairman, described Okoro as a ‘selfless man who contributed immensely to the development of Nigeria’.

    According to him, Prof Okoro has done a lot for this country but has remained unrecognized even for National honours. It’s not fair.

    “Prof contributed to the choosing of Abuja as the federal capital, yet no single street is named after him in Abuja,” he said.

    Prof Anezi Okoro was the first black African dermatologist and the oldest living literary icon.

    He attended Methodist College, Uzuakoli, Dennis Memorial Grammar School  (DMGS) and was the pioneer medical student of the University of Ibadan.

    The literary giant has published over 200 novels and poems.

    He is a member of numerous learned societies and professional organizations including the Nigeria Medical Association, West African College of Physicians, African Association of Dermatologists and British Association of Dermatologists.

    His son, Chukwuma, described his father in the words of Samuelson Iwuoha, “Prof Anezionwu Okoro is an institution, human conglomerate, an academic and intellectual giant who is undoubtedly a miracle of ingenuity”.

    MNA


    Edited By: Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

  •  UBEC introduces school based committee on project management C River SUBEB boss The Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC has introduced School Based Management Committee School Improvement Programme SBMC SIP in line with the Federal Government s commitment to encourage communities take ownership of schools in their domain The Director of Quality Assurance in Cross River State Universal Basic Education Board CR SUBEB Mr Fransis Asaru made this known in Calabar on Monday at the end of a tour of some projects by SBMC SIP in some selected schools He said the exercise which was in collaboration with UBEC was necessitated by the need to ascertain the level of work done and ensure that benefitting communities put government funds to good use According to him the SBMC SIP allows communities with functional school based management committees to access government funds to implement projects under three categories Asaru said this include micro macro and special projects through provision of counterpart funds The counterpart funds generated by communities do not have to be monetary but communities can also access funds by providing working materials or artisans to assist in such projects he said Also the Principal Information Officer UBEC Mrs Tahoma Clifford said she was impressed with the levels at which communities were committed to the improvement of basic education in the state She added that all the projects visited had representatives to respond to questions which showed how involved SBMCs were in the execution of projects She stressed the need for increased monitoring of SBMC SIP projects in order to ensure that SBMCs were not executing projects that outweigh funds provided and projects were completed within timelines It would be noted that SBMC SIP is different from the UBE intervention funds which have to do with counterpart fund at the state level At the SBMC SIP level funds are sent directly to benefitting communities through the SBMCs SBMC SIP was introduced by the Federal Government to encourage communities take over ownership of schools to curb vandalism truancy and support government s efforts for quality education Edited By Folasade Adeniran Adeleye Ajayi NAN
    UBEC introduces school-based committee on project management- C’River SUBEB boss
     UBEC introduces school based committee on project management C River SUBEB boss The Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC has introduced School Based Management Committee School Improvement Programme SBMC SIP in line with the Federal Government s commitment to encourage communities take ownership of schools in their domain The Director of Quality Assurance in Cross River State Universal Basic Education Board CR SUBEB Mr Fransis Asaru made this known in Calabar on Monday at the end of a tour of some projects by SBMC SIP in some selected schools He said the exercise which was in collaboration with UBEC was necessitated by the need to ascertain the level of work done and ensure that benefitting communities put government funds to good use According to him the SBMC SIP allows communities with functional school based management committees to access government funds to implement projects under three categories Asaru said this include micro macro and special projects through provision of counterpart funds The counterpart funds generated by communities do not have to be monetary but communities can also access funds by providing working materials or artisans to assist in such projects he said Also the Principal Information Officer UBEC Mrs Tahoma Clifford said she was impressed with the levels at which communities were committed to the improvement of basic education in the state She added that all the projects visited had representatives to respond to questions which showed how involved SBMCs were in the execution of projects She stressed the need for increased monitoring of SBMC SIP projects in order to ensure that SBMCs were not executing projects that outweigh funds provided and projects were completed within timelines It would be noted that SBMC SIP is different from the UBE intervention funds which have to do with counterpart fund at the state level At the SBMC SIP level funds are sent directly to benefitting communities through the SBMCs SBMC SIP was introduced by the Federal Government to encourage communities take over ownership of schools to curb vandalism truancy and support government s efforts for quality education Edited By Folasade Adeniran Adeleye Ajayi NAN
    UBEC introduces school-based committee on project management- C’River SUBEB boss
    Education3 years ago

    UBEC introduces school-based committee on project management- C’River SUBEB boss

    UBEC introduces school-based committee on project management- C’River SUBEB boss: The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has introduced School-Based Management Committee-School Improvement Programme (SBMC-SIP) in line with the Federal Government’s commitment to encourage communities take ownership of schools in their domain.

    The Director of Quality Assurance in Cross River State Universal Basic Education Board (CR-SUBEB), Mr Fransis Asaru, made this known in Calabar on Monday at the end of a tour of some projects by SBMC-SIP in some selected schools.

    He said the exercise which was in collaboration with UBEC was necessitated by the need to ascertain the level of work done and ensure that benefitting communities put government funds to good use.

    According to him, the SBMC-SIP allows communities with functional school-based management committees to access government funds to implement projects under three categories.

    Asaru said this include micro, macro and special projects through provision of counterpart funds.

    “The counterpart funds generated by communities do not have to be monetary but communities can also access funds by providing working materials or artisans to assist in such projects,” he said.

    Also, the Principal Information Officer, UBEC, Mrs Tahoma Clifford, said she was impressed with the levels at which communities were committed to the improvement of basic education in the state.

    She added that all the projects visited had representatives to respond to questions, which showed how involved SBMCs were in the execution of projects.

    She stressed the need for increased monitoring of SBMC-SIP projects in order to ensure that SBMCs were not executing projects that outweigh funds provided and projects were completed within timelines.

    It would be noted that SBMC-SIP is different from the UBE intervention funds which have to do with counterpart fund at the state level.

    At the SBMC-SIP level, funds are sent directly to benefitting communities through the SBMCs.

    SBMC-SIP was introduced by the Federal Government to encourage communities take over ownership of schools to curb vandalism, truancy and support government’s efforts for quality education. .


    Edited By: Folasade Adeniran/Adeleye Ajayi
    (NAN)

     

  •  Bauchi State Universal Basic Education Board BASUBEB says the state has recorded about 85 per cent increase in enrollment of pupils in primary and Junior Secondary schools Spokesperson of the board Malam Muhammad Abdullahi told Nigeria News Agency in Bauchi Wednesday that the feat was achieved following measures taken to boost education in the state especially Girl Child education He listed the measures to include the execution of N5 billion worth of projects in 2017 and 2018 during which Nursery Primary and Secondary Schools were either constructed or renovated and provided with furniture According to him the projects were executed in collaboration with the Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC and the state basic education board Abdullahi said the state government had recently released N1 5 billion to the UBEC as its counterparts fund for the year 2019 to enable Bauchi benefit from more projects adding that government had already presented its action plan Edited By Kevin Okunzuwa NAN
    Bauchi records 85 per cent increase in pupils,students enrollment – SUBEB
     Bauchi State Universal Basic Education Board BASUBEB says the state has recorded about 85 per cent increase in enrollment of pupils in primary and Junior Secondary schools Spokesperson of the board Malam Muhammad Abdullahi told Nigeria News Agency in Bauchi Wednesday that the feat was achieved following measures taken to boost education in the state especially Girl Child education He listed the measures to include the execution of N5 billion worth of projects in 2017 and 2018 during which Nursery Primary and Secondary Schools were either constructed or renovated and provided with furniture According to him the projects were executed in collaboration with the Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC and the state basic education board Abdullahi said the state government had recently released N1 5 billion to the UBEC as its counterparts fund for the year 2019 to enable Bauchi benefit from more projects adding that government had already presented its action plan Edited By Kevin Okunzuwa NAN
    Bauchi records 85 per cent increase in pupils,students enrollment – SUBEB
    Education3 years ago

    Bauchi records 85 per cent increase in pupils,students enrollment – SUBEB

    Bauchi State Universal Basic Education Board (BASUBEB) says the state has recorded about 85 per cent increase in enrollment of pupils in primary and Junior Secondary schools.

    Spokesperson of the board, Malam Muhammad Abdullahi, told Nigeria News Agency in Bauchi Wednesday that the feat was achieved following measures taken to boost education in the state, especially Girl-Child education.

    He listed the measures to include the execution of N5 billion worth of projects in 2017 and 2018 , during which Nursery, Primary and Secondary Schools were either constructed or renovated and provided with furniture.

    According to him, the projects were executed in collaboration with the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and the state basic education board.

    Abdullahi said the state government had recently released N1.5 billion to the UBEC as its counterparts fund for the year 2019 to enable Bauchi benefit from more projects, adding that government had already presented its action plan.


    Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa
    (NAN)

  •  The Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC has commenced training for its social mobilisation staff and the School Based Management Committee SBMC desk officers of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory FCT The UBEC is organising the 5 day workshop in collaboration with the United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF The Executive Secretary UBEC Dr Hamid Bobboyi while declaring open the workshop on Tuesday in Calabar said the training was designed to underscore the role of SBMC desk officers in promoting access to equitable inclusive and quality education Boboyi represented by the Director of Administration in UBEC Rev Edwin Jarumai said the training was part of the commission s strategies to ensure that the desk officers were supported and encouraged to discharge their duties effectively I am convinced that at the end of the training participant s capacity would have been beefed up to repositioned more to undertake grassroots advocacy sensitisation and mobilisation of the school s immediate communities he said The executive secretary said also that after the workshop the participant s capacity would have been beefed up to forge linkages with other stakeholders in support of school enrolment retention amongst others He commended the training partner UNICEF for its financial support and unwavering readiness to assist basic education at all times Dr Stephen Odey Executive Chairman Cross River State Universal Basic Education Commission SUBEB thanked UBEC for choosing Calabar for the workshop Odey described the role of SBMC desk officers as crucial to the development of basic education in the country According to him SBMC desk officers are at the forefront of tackling the problem of out of school children in Nigeria The Director of Social Mobilization UBEC Alhaji Bello Kagara said the training had been designed to further strengthen capacity on SBMC implementation modalities and re acquaint participants with newly revised operational documents He further stated that the focus of the training would be on the formation and functioning of school based management committees to support the voice of women child protection inclusive education and change management Edited By Saidu Adamu Ejike Obeta
    UBEC partners UNICEF to train mobilisation staff, desk officers
     The Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC has commenced training for its social mobilisation staff and the School Based Management Committee SBMC desk officers of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory FCT The UBEC is organising the 5 day workshop in collaboration with the United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF The Executive Secretary UBEC Dr Hamid Bobboyi while declaring open the workshop on Tuesday in Calabar said the training was designed to underscore the role of SBMC desk officers in promoting access to equitable inclusive and quality education Boboyi represented by the Director of Administration in UBEC Rev Edwin Jarumai said the training was part of the commission s strategies to ensure that the desk officers were supported and encouraged to discharge their duties effectively I am convinced that at the end of the training participant s capacity would have been beefed up to repositioned more to undertake grassroots advocacy sensitisation and mobilisation of the school s immediate communities he said The executive secretary said also that after the workshop the participant s capacity would have been beefed up to forge linkages with other stakeholders in support of school enrolment retention amongst others He commended the training partner UNICEF for its financial support and unwavering readiness to assist basic education at all times Dr Stephen Odey Executive Chairman Cross River State Universal Basic Education Commission SUBEB thanked UBEC for choosing Calabar for the workshop Odey described the role of SBMC desk officers as crucial to the development of basic education in the country According to him SBMC desk officers are at the forefront of tackling the problem of out of school children in Nigeria The Director of Social Mobilization UBEC Alhaji Bello Kagara said the training had been designed to further strengthen capacity on SBMC implementation modalities and re acquaint participants with newly revised operational documents He further stated that the focus of the training would be on the formation and functioning of school based management committees to support the voice of women child protection inclusive education and change management Edited By Saidu Adamu Ejike Obeta
    UBEC partners UNICEF to train mobilisation staff, desk officers
    Education3 years ago

    UBEC partners UNICEF to train mobilisation staff, desk officers

    The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has commenced training for its social mobilisation staff and the School-Based Management Committee (SBMC) desk officers of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

    The UBEC is organising the 5-day workshop in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

    The Executive Secretary, UBEC, Dr Hamid Bobboyi while declaring open the workshop on Tuesday in Calabar, said the training was designed to underscore the role of SBMC desk officers in promoting access to equitable, inclusive and quality education.

    Boboyi, represented by the Director of Administration in UBEC, Rev. Edwin Jarumai, said the training was part of the commission’s strategies to ensure that the desk officers were supported and encouraged to discharge their duties effectively.

    “I am convinced that at the end of the training, participant’s capacity would have been beefed up to repositioned more to undertake grassroots advocacy, sensitisation and mobilisation of the school’s immediate communities,” he said.

    The executive secretary said also that after the workshop, the participant’s capacity would have been beefed up to forge linkages with other stakeholders in support of school enrolment, retention, amongst others.

    He commended the training partner, UNICEF, for its financial support and unwavering readiness to assist basic education at all times.

    Dr Stephen Odey, Executive Chairman,Cross River State Universal Basic Education Commission (SUBEB), thanked UBEC for choosing Calabar for the workshop.

    Odey described the role of SBMC desk officers as crucial to the development of basic education in the country.

    According to him, SBMC desk officers are at the forefront of tackling the problem of out-of-school children in Nigeria.

    The Director of Social Mobilization, UBEC, Alhaji Bello Kagara, said the training had been designed to further strengthen capacity on SBMC implementation modalities and re-acquaint participants with newly revised operational documents.

    He further stated that the focus of the training would be on the formation and functioning of school-based management committees to support the voice of women, child protection, inclusive education and change management. .


    Edited By: Saidu Adamu/Ejike Obeta

  •  The Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC and United Nations Children Fund UNICEF are partnering on proactive measures to address the challenges of basic education in the country Mr Ossom Ossom Head of Public Relations and Protocol Unit of the commission made disclosure in a statement on Monday in Abuja The statement quoted the Executive Secretary of UBEC Dr Hamid Bobboyi who spoke at a five day training exercise held in Calabar as saying that equitable quality in the provision of basic education was of paramount importance Bobboyi who was represented by Mr Edwin Jarumai UBEC Director of Administration and Supplies added that ensuring effective utilisation of available learning opportunities at the basic level necessitated collaborations with UNICEF He said that UNICEF was providing an opportunity for Social Mobilization Officers and School Based Management Committee SBMC Desk Officers from UBEC and State Universal Basic Education Boards SUBEBs respectively to sharpen their skills towards effective service delivery Bobboyi said The concept of Social Mobilization and SBMC in UBE delivery are central to efforts aimed at institutionalising community ownership of the structure and processes for UBE delivery in their domains UNICEF is UBEC s major partners in the SBMC intervention in Nigeria It is expected that the lessons learnt at the training and its communique would provide further direction and added value to mechanisms put in place by UBEC SUBEBs UNICEF and other UBE stakeholders in broadening the partnership for UBE delivery at all levels Edited By Chidi Opara Rabiu Sani Ali
    UBEC partners UNICEF to address education challenges
     The Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC and United Nations Children Fund UNICEF are partnering on proactive measures to address the challenges of basic education in the country Mr Ossom Ossom Head of Public Relations and Protocol Unit of the commission made disclosure in a statement on Monday in Abuja The statement quoted the Executive Secretary of UBEC Dr Hamid Bobboyi who spoke at a five day training exercise held in Calabar as saying that equitable quality in the provision of basic education was of paramount importance Bobboyi who was represented by Mr Edwin Jarumai UBEC Director of Administration and Supplies added that ensuring effective utilisation of available learning opportunities at the basic level necessitated collaborations with UNICEF He said that UNICEF was providing an opportunity for Social Mobilization Officers and School Based Management Committee SBMC Desk Officers from UBEC and State Universal Basic Education Boards SUBEBs respectively to sharpen their skills towards effective service delivery Bobboyi said The concept of Social Mobilization and SBMC in UBE delivery are central to efforts aimed at institutionalising community ownership of the structure and processes for UBE delivery in their domains UNICEF is UBEC s major partners in the SBMC intervention in Nigeria It is expected that the lessons learnt at the training and its communique would provide further direction and added value to mechanisms put in place by UBEC SUBEBs UNICEF and other UBE stakeholders in broadening the partnership for UBE delivery at all levels Edited By Chidi Opara Rabiu Sani Ali
    UBEC partners UNICEF to address education challenges
    Metro3 years ago

    UBEC partners UNICEF to address education challenges

    The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) are partnering on proactive measures to address the challenges of basic education in the country.

    Mr Ossom Ossom, Head of Public Relations and Protocol Unit of the commission made disclosure in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

    The statement quoted the Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr Hamid Bobboyi, who spoke at a five-day training exercise held in Calabar, as saying that equitable quality in the provision of basic education was of paramount importance.

    Bobboyi, who was represented by Mr Edwin Jarumai, UBEC Director of Administration and Supplies, added that ensuring effective utilisation of available learning opportunities at the basic level necessitated collaborations with UNICEF.

    He said that UNICEF was providing an opportunity for Social Mobilization Officers and School Based Management Committee (SBMC) Desk Officers from UBEC and State Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBEBs) respectively, to sharpen their skills towards effective service delivery.

    Bobboyi said: “The concept of Social Mobilization and SBMC in UBE delivery are central to efforts aimed at institutionalising community ownership of the structure and processes for UBE delivery in their domains.

    ” UNICEF is UBEC’s major partners in the SBMC intervention in Nigeria.

    ” It is expected that the lessons learnt at the training and its communique would provide further direction and added value to mechanisms put in place by UBEC, SUBEBs, UNICEF and other UBE stakeholders in broadening the partnership for UBE delivery at all levels”.


    Edited By: Chidi Opara/Rabiu Sani Ali

  •  The Federal Government has selected six northern states for the pilot phase of its Open Schooling Programme OSP OSP which was launched in early 2019 is an open learning programme aimed at reducing the high number of out of school children in the country The beneficiaries Kaduna Katsina Kebbi Kano Adamawa and Niger are among the 10 states which according to the United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF are worst hit by the problem According to UNICEF eight million children are out of school in the 10 endemic states which include Bauchi Zamfara and the FCT OSP is a collaborative effort between the government through the Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC and the Commonwealth of Learning COL an educational development platform of The Commonwealth Nigeria News Agency reports that a five day workshop for OSP Content Developers and Centre Managers opened in Abuja on Monday Speaking at the event the Executive Secretary of UBEC Dr Hamid Bobboyi said the intervention was informed by government s concern about the high number of out of school children in the country Represented by Mr Edwin Jarummai the UBEC boss said the programme was designed to last for two years with an option for expansion He added that UBEC would not relent in its series of effort aimed at curbing the challenge UBEC as part of its statutory responsibility in the Act 2004 to put in place measures that will address the Out of School Children OOSC initiative enter into collaboration with COL to introduce the OSP in the country To this effect a Memorandum of Understanding MoU was signed between UBEC and COL in July 2019 and the agreement is for the programme to last for two years with an option to extend he said The UBEC boss added that 51 content developers had been selected for the programme to run in 58 learning centers in the six states Bobboyi said Fifty one content developers have been selected for the programme The selection was made by the states in conjunction with relevant stakeholders like NERDC SUBEBs Education Resource Centers National Teachers Institute and universities he said Dr Tony Mays Consultant COL said that the whole idea was the importance of e learning and to help children get back to school We hope at the end of the training everybody who is part of the workshop will be able to develop some content which will be based on Nigeria schooling curriculum and will be freely available as open education resources We also hope that the results of this initiative will be available for no fewer than 10 5 million out of school children back to school in the country Hajiya Khadija Jibo Head of Unit OSP thanked UBEC and COL in putting together the building blocks for the implementation of the initiative Edited By Abiodun Esan Ismail Abdulaziz
    FG selects 6 states for pilot Open Schooling Programme
     The Federal Government has selected six northern states for the pilot phase of its Open Schooling Programme OSP OSP which was launched in early 2019 is an open learning programme aimed at reducing the high number of out of school children in the country The beneficiaries Kaduna Katsina Kebbi Kano Adamawa and Niger are among the 10 states which according to the United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF are worst hit by the problem According to UNICEF eight million children are out of school in the 10 endemic states which include Bauchi Zamfara and the FCT OSP is a collaborative effort between the government through the Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC and the Commonwealth of Learning COL an educational development platform of The Commonwealth Nigeria News Agency reports that a five day workshop for OSP Content Developers and Centre Managers opened in Abuja on Monday Speaking at the event the Executive Secretary of UBEC Dr Hamid Bobboyi said the intervention was informed by government s concern about the high number of out of school children in the country Represented by Mr Edwin Jarummai the UBEC boss said the programme was designed to last for two years with an option for expansion He added that UBEC would not relent in its series of effort aimed at curbing the challenge UBEC as part of its statutory responsibility in the Act 2004 to put in place measures that will address the Out of School Children OOSC initiative enter into collaboration with COL to introduce the OSP in the country To this effect a Memorandum of Understanding MoU was signed between UBEC and COL in July 2019 and the agreement is for the programme to last for two years with an option to extend he said The UBEC boss added that 51 content developers had been selected for the programme to run in 58 learning centers in the six states Bobboyi said Fifty one content developers have been selected for the programme The selection was made by the states in conjunction with relevant stakeholders like NERDC SUBEBs Education Resource Centers National Teachers Institute and universities he said Dr Tony Mays Consultant COL said that the whole idea was the importance of e learning and to help children get back to school We hope at the end of the training everybody who is part of the workshop will be able to develop some content which will be based on Nigeria schooling curriculum and will be freely available as open education resources We also hope that the results of this initiative will be available for no fewer than 10 5 million out of school children back to school in the country Hajiya Khadija Jibo Head of Unit OSP thanked UBEC and COL in putting together the building blocks for the implementation of the initiative Edited By Abiodun Esan Ismail Abdulaziz
    FG selects 6 states for pilot Open Schooling Programme
    Education3 years ago

    FG selects 6 states for pilot Open Schooling Programme

    The Federal Government has selected six northern states for the pilot phase of its Open Schooling Programme (OSP).

    OSP which was launched in early 2019 is an open learning programme aimed at reducing the high number of out-of-school children in the country.

    The beneficiaries, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Kano, Adamawa and Niger, are among the 10 states which, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), are worst hit by the problem.

    According to UNICEF, eight million children are out of school in the 10 endemic states, which include Bauchi, Zamfara, and the FCT.

    OSP is a collaborative effort between the government, through the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), and the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), an educational development platform of The Commonwealth.

    Nigeria News Agency reports that a five-day workshop for OSP Content Developers and Centre Managers opened in Abuja on Monday.

    Speaking at the event, the Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr Hamid Bobboyi, said the intervention was informed by government’s concern about the high number of out-of-school children in the country.

    Represented by Mr Edwin Jarummai, the UBEC boss said the programme was designed to last for two years with an option for expansion.

    He added that UBEC would not relent in its series of effort aimed at curbing the challenge.

    “UBEC, as part of its statutory responsibility in the Act 2004 to put in place measures that will address the Out-of-School-Children (OOSC) initiative, enter into collaboration with COL to introduce the OSP in the country.

    “To this effect, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between UBEC and COL in July 2019, and the agreement is for the programme to last for two years with an option to extend, “he said.

    The UBEC boss added that 51 content developers had been selected for the programme to run in 58 learning centers in the six states.

    Bobboyi said: “Fifty-one content developers have been selected for the programme.

    “The selection was made by the states in conjunction with relevant stakeholders like NERDC, SUBEBs, Education Resource Centers, National Teachers Institute and universities,” he said.

    Dr Tony Mays, Consultant COL said that the whole idea was the importance of e-learning and to help children get back to school.

    “We hope at the end of the training, everybody who is part of the workshop will be able to develop some content which will be based on Nigeria schooling curriculum and will be freely available as open education resources.

    “We also hope that the results of this initiative will be available for no fewer than 10.5 million out-of-school children back to school in the country.”

    Hajiya Khadija Jibo, Head of Unit, OSP, thanked UBEC and COL in putting together the building blocks for the implementation of the initiative.


    Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Ismail Abdulaziz

  •  The Plateau State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB on Friday opened bid for the award of contracts for the execution of 130 projects accross the 17 local government areas of the state Speaking at the event in Jos Chiarman of the board Prof Mathew Sule said the projects were part of the Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC projects for 2013 4th quarter normal intervention projects Representated by Mrs Sarah Ramadan Permanent member 1 in the board Sule said the projects consist of 74 Ventilated Improved Pit VIP latrines 34 renovations and 22 construction of block of classrooms According to the Chiarman the bid opening exercise aimed at ensuring due process and transparency in the award of contracts This exercise is to ensure transparency and due process is followed in the award of the contracts by SUBEB Today we are bidding for 130 projects and this include 74 VIP latrines 34 renovations and 22 construction of block of classrooms These projects which is part of the 2013 4th quarter of UBEC normal intervention will be executed in various public primaries schools across the 17 local government areas of the state he said Sule urged contractors who would be successful to execute the project according to specifications adding that the board would not hesitate to sanction erring ones He further warned contactors to desist from executing shaddy and substandard projects insisting that government want value for its money hence would not tolerate any act indiscipline from contractors Successful contractors should note that they must execute these projects according to specification Don t do anything outside the specification Some contractors have failed us in the past but we are happy that a lot have also made us proud So government and indeed the board will not tolerate and accept substandard job from any contractor because it want value for its money We will not think twice before revoking contracts that we think the contractors are not performing he added The chairman called on community members where these projects are domiciled to cooperate with the contractors to ensure smooth execution and completion of the projects Speaking at the event Mr Chrisantus Ahmadu the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice warned successful contractors against absconding from sites Representated by Mr Gideon Azi Ahmadu alo advised contractors to adhere strictly to the procurement law of the state adding that anything short of that would attract stiff sanction Contractors must be diligent in carrying out these contracts and the procurement law of the state must also be followed Failure to adhere to the laid procedures will attract the full wrath of the law he warned Edited By Abdullahi
    Plateau SUBEB opens bid for 130 projects
     The Plateau State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB on Friday opened bid for the award of contracts for the execution of 130 projects accross the 17 local government areas of the state Speaking at the event in Jos Chiarman of the board Prof Mathew Sule said the projects were part of the Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC projects for 2013 4th quarter normal intervention projects Representated by Mrs Sarah Ramadan Permanent member 1 in the board Sule said the projects consist of 74 Ventilated Improved Pit VIP latrines 34 renovations and 22 construction of block of classrooms According to the Chiarman the bid opening exercise aimed at ensuring due process and transparency in the award of contracts This exercise is to ensure transparency and due process is followed in the award of the contracts by SUBEB Today we are bidding for 130 projects and this include 74 VIP latrines 34 renovations and 22 construction of block of classrooms These projects which is part of the 2013 4th quarter of UBEC normal intervention will be executed in various public primaries schools across the 17 local government areas of the state he said Sule urged contractors who would be successful to execute the project according to specifications adding that the board would not hesitate to sanction erring ones He further warned contactors to desist from executing shaddy and substandard projects insisting that government want value for its money hence would not tolerate any act indiscipline from contractors Successful contractors should note that they must execute these projects according to specification Don t do anything outside the specification Some contractors have failed us in the past but we are happy that a lot have also made us proud So government and indeed the board will not tolerate and accept substandard job from any contractor because it want value for its money We will not think twice before revoking contracts that we think the contractors are not performing he added The chairman called on community members where these projects are domiciled to cooperate with the contractors to ensure smooth execution and completion of the projects Speaking at the event Mr Chrisantus Ahmadu the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice warned successful contractors against absconding from sites Representated by Mr Gideon Azi Ahmadu alo advised contractors to adhere strictly to the procurement law of the state adding that anything short of that would attract stiff sanction Contractors must be diligent in carrying out these contracts and the procurement law of the state must also be followed Failure to adhere to the laid procedures will attract the full wrath of the law he warned Edited By Abdullahi
    Plateau SUBEB opens bid for 130 projects
    Education3 years ago

    Plateau SUBEB opens bid for 130 projects

    The Plateau State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) on Friday opened bid for the award of contracts for the execution of 130 projects accross the 17 local government areas of the state.

    Speaking at the event in Jos, Chiarman of the board, Prof. Mathew Sule, said the projects were part of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) projects for 2013 4th quarter normal intervention projects.

    Representated by Mrs Sarah Ramadan, Permanent member 1 in the board, Sule said the projects consist of 74  Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) latrines, 34 renovations and 22 construction of block of classrooms.

    According to the Chiarman, the bid opening exercise aimed at ensuring due process and transparency in the award of contracts.

    “This exercise is to ensure transparency and due process is followed in the award of the contracts by SUBEB.

    “Today we are bidding for 130 projects and this include 74 VIP latrines, 34 renovations and 22 construction of block of classrooms.

    “These projects which is part of the 2013 4th quarter of UBEC normal intervention will be executed in various public primaries schools across the 17 local government areas of the state,” he said.

    Sule urged contractors who would be successful, to execute the project according to specifications, adding that the board would not hesitate to sanction erring ones.

    He further warned contactors to desist from executing shaddy and substandard projects, insisting that government want value for its money, hence would not tolerate any act indiscipline from contractors.

    “Successful contractors should note that they must execute these projects according to specification. Don’t do anything outside the specification.

    “Some contractors have failed us in the past, but we are happy that a lot have also made us proud

    “So, government and indeed the board will not tolerate and accept substandard job from any contractor, because it want value for its money.

    “We will not think twice before revoking contracts that we think the contractors are not performing,” he added.

    The chairman called on community members where these projects are domiciled, to cooperate with the contractors to ensure smooth execution and completion of the projects.

    Speaking at the event, Mr Chrisantus Ahmadu, the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, warned successful contractors against absconding from sites.

    Representated by Mr Gideon Azi, Ahmadu alo advised contractors to adhere strictly to the procurement law of the state, adding that anything short of that would attract stiff sanction.

    “Contractors must be diligent in carrying out these contracts and the procurement law of the state must also be followed.

    “Failure to adhere to the laid procedures will attract the full wrath of the law,” he warned


    Edited By: Abdullahi

  •  The Minister of Education Malam Adamu Adamu on Tuesday called for an upward review of the 2021 budget for the education sector Adamu made the call in Abuja during his presentation to the House Committee on Basic Education and Service on oversight visit to the ministry He described the challenge of out of school children being faced by the sector as worrisome saying it required urgent attention The minister appealed to members of the committee to assist in the upward review of the 2021 budget for the sector In our determination to adequately address the issue of out of school children in the country various strategies have been put in place for 2020 budget Sensitisation of traditional and religious rulers state governors investment in basic education and access to Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC funds awards of scholarship and location of schools and literacy centres nearer to the communities for proximity were among the strategies the minister said He identified other challenges of the sector to include acute shortage of classrooms hostels laboratories and library facilities Others include inadequate teaching personnel as well as unqualified teachers poor and inadequate provision of information and Information and Communications Technology ICT facilities in schools Adamu therefore commended the efforts made by the members of the committee to combat these issues and appealed for more support to the ministry in its drive to make education better for Nigerian citizens We shall continue to give all the necessary support to the committee toward the realisation of its dream of moving basic education sector to greater heights he said Edited By Folorunso Poroye Adeleye Ajayi
    Minister calls for upward review of Education budget in 2021
     The Minister of Education Malam Adamu Adamu on Tuesday called for an upward review of the 2021 budget for the education sector Adamu made the call in Abuja during his presentation to the House Committee on Basic Education and Service on oversight visit to the ministry He described the challenge of out of school children being faced by the sector as worrisome saying it required urgent attention The minister appealed to members of the committee to assist in the upward review of the 2021 budget for the sector In our determination to adequately address the issue of out of school children in the country various strategies have been put in place for 2020 budget Sensitisation of traditional and religious rulers state governors investment in basic education and access to Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC funds awards of scholarship and location of schools and literacy centres nearer to the communities for proximity were among the strategies the minister said He identified other challenges of the sector to include acute shortage of classrooms hostels laboratories and library facilities Others include inadequate teaching personnel as well as unqualified teachers poor and inadequate provision of information and Information and Communications Technology ICT facilities in schools Adamu therefore commended the efforts made by the members of the committee to combat these issues and appealed for more support to the ministry in its drive to make education better for Nigerian citizens We shall continue to give all the necessary support to the committee toward the realisation of its dream of moving basic education sector to greater heights he said Edited By Folorunso Poroye Adeleye Ajayi
    Minister calls for upward review of Education budget in 2021
    Metro3 years ago

    Minister calls for upward review of Education budget in 2021

    The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, on Tuesday called for an upward review of the 2021 budget for the education sector.

    Adamu made the call in Abuja, during his presentation to the House Committee on Basic Education and Service, on oversight visit to the ministry.

    He described the challenge of out-of-school children being faced by the sector as worrisome, saying it required urgent attention.

    The minister appealed to members of the committee to assist in the upward review of the 2021 budget, for the sector.

    “In our determination to adequately address the issue of out-of-school children in the country, various strategies have been put in place for 2020 budget.

    “Sensitisation of traditional and religious rulers, state governors’ investment in basic education and access to Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) funds, awards of scholarship, and location of schools and literacy centres nearer to the communities for proximity, were among the strategies,” the minister said.

    He identified other challenges of the sector to include acute shortage of classrooms, hostels, laboratories and library facilities.

    Others include inadequate teaching personnel as well as unqualified teachers, poor and inadequate provision of information and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) facilities in schools.

    Adamu, therefore, commended the efforts made by the members of the committee to combat these issues and appealed for more support to the ministry, in its drive to make education better for Nigerian citizens.

    “We shall continue to give all the necessary support to the committee, toward the realisation of its dream of moving basic education sector to greater heights,” he said.


    Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Adeleye Ajayi

     

  •  An entertainment lawyer Rockson Igelige has petitioned the Nigerian Copyright Commission NCC over alleged copyright infringement on a dramatic literary work Heroes of the Night Igelige said his client Mr Elias Ozikpu is the author of the work which book was published by Melose Books and Publishing Ltd Macmillan Nigeria Publishers Ltd and Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC without his consent The petition was addressed to the Director General of NCC Mr John Asein and submitted on Monday Feb 10 in Abuja In the petition Igelege accused Melrose and Macmillan of copyright infringement alleging Melrose Books and Publishing Ltd fraudulently published Ozikpu s manuscript entitled Heroes of the Night According to Igelege the alleged publication is without the authorisation license and consent of the author He explained that Melrose and Macmillan later sold the publishing rights of the alleged stolen literary work to Macmillan Nigeria Publishers Ltd Which in turn included Heroes of the Night to UBEC for the supply of books to secondary schools nationwide Curiously they hid the name of Mr Elias Ozikpu as the rightful author of the work and substituted same with Melrose According to the petition Upon completion of the final manuscript of Heroes of the Night our client Ozikpu forwarded same on May 14 2012 via electronic mail to Melrose Igelege said his client had sent the manuscript to enquire if the work would be published stating that Melrose however agreed to publish the manuscript upon terms expressed in a Memorandum of Agreement which our client duly executed and returned Igelege said that having waited for five months without hearing from Melrose his client emailed Melrose to enquire about the expected publication date of his manuscript The petition stated that his client however received no reply adding that he wrote yet again on Sept 14 2013 whereupon Melrose replied to say that the manuscript would be published in the last quarter of 2013 He said that more than eight months after the manuscript was yet to be published thereby causing his client to write on May 13 2014 to Melrose seeking an explanation for the failure to do so but got no response The lawyer said our client wrote on Dec 15 2014 to terminate the contract or Memorandum of Agreement and on Dec 17 2014 Melrose emailed our client accepting the termination of the Memorandum of Agreement Igelige said the book Heroes of the Night had been reprinted on several occasions in the past eight years right from when his client s copyright had been infringed on Igelige called on the NCC to as a matter of public importance investigate prosecute and appropriately sanction the alleged violators when found guilty Edited By Kevin Okunzuwa Grace Yussuf
    Lawyer petitions NCC over alleged copyright infringement on client’s literary work
     An entertainment lawyer Rockson Igelige has petitioned the Nigerian Copyright Commission NCC over alleged copyright infringement on a dramatic literary work Heroes of the Night Igelige said his client Mr Elias Ozikpu is the author of the work which book was published by Melose Books and Publishing Ltd Macmillan Nigeria Publishers Ltd and Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC without his consent The petition was addressed to the Director General of NCC Mr John Asein and submitted on Monday Feb 10 in Abuja In the petition Igelege accused Melrose and Macmillan of copyright infringement alleging Melrose Books and Publishing Ltd fraudulently published Ozikpu s manuscript entitled Heroes of the Night According to Igelege the alleged publication is without the authorisation license and consent of the author He explained that Melrose and Macmillan later sold the publishing rights of the alleged stolen literary work to Macmillan Nigeria Publishers Ltd Which in turn included Heroes of the Night to UBEC for the supply of books to secondary schools nationwide Curiously they hid the name of Mr Elias Ozikpu as the rightful author of the work and substituted same with Melrose According to the petition Upon completion of the final manuscript of Heroes of the Night our client Ozikpu forwarded same on May 14 2012 via electronic mail to Melrose Igelege said his client had sent the manuscript to enquire if the work would be published stating that Melrose however agreed to publish the manuscript upon terms expressed in a Memorandum of Agreement which our client duly executed and returned Igelege said that having waited for five months without hearing from Melrose his client emailed Melrose to enquire about the expected publication date of his manuscript The petition stated that his client however received no reply adding that he wrote yet again on Sept 14 2013 whereupon Melrose replied to say that the manuscript would be published in the last quarter of 2013 He said that more than eight months after the manuscript was yet to be published thereby causing his client to write on May 13 2014 to Melrose seeking an explanation for the failure to do so but got no response The lawyer said our client wrote on Dec 15 2014 to terminate the contract or Memorandum of Agreement and on Dec 17 2014 Melrose emailed our client accepting the termination of the Memorandum of Agreement Igelige said the book Heroes of the Night had been reprinted on several occasions in the past eight years right from when his client s copyright had been infringed on Igelige called on the NCC to as a matter of public importance investigate prosecute and appropriately sanction the alleged violators when found guilty Edited By Kevin Okunzuwa Grace Yussuf
    Lawyer petitions NCC over alleged copyright infringement on client’s literary work
    General news3 years ago

    Lawyer petitions NCC over alleged copyright infringement on client’s literary work

    An entertainment lawyer, Rockson Igelige, has petitioned the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) over alleged copyright infringement on a dramatic literary work, ‘Heroes of the Night’.

    Igelige said his client, Mr Elias Ozikpu is the author of the work, which book was published by Melose Books and Publishing Ltd., Macmillan Nigeria Publishers Ltd., and Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) without his consent.

    The petition was addressed to the Director-General of NCC, Mr John Asein and submitted on Monday Feb. 10 in Abuja.

    In the petition, Igelege accused Melrose and Macmillan of copyright infringement, alleging Melrose Books and Publishing Ltd. fraudulently published Ozikpu’s manuscript entitled: ‘Heroes of the Night’.

    According to Igelege, the alleged publication is without the authorisation, license and consent of the author.

    He explained that Melrose and Macmillan later sold the publishing rights of the alleged stolen literary work to Macmillan Nigeria Publishers Ltd.

    “Which in turn included ‘Heroes of the Night’ to UBEC for the supply of books to secondary schools nationwide”

    “Curiously, they hid the name of Mr Elias Ozikpu as the rightful author of the work and substituted same with Melrose.”

    According to the petition, “Upon completion of the final manuscript of Heroes of the Night, our client, Ozikpu) forwarded same on May 14, 2012, via electronic mail to Melrose.

    Igelege said his client had sent the manuscript to enquire if the work would be published, stating that Melrose however agreed to publish the manuscript upon terms expressed in a Memorandum of Agreement “which our client duly executed and returned’’.

    Igelege said that having waited for five months without hearing from Melrose, his client emailed Melrose to enquire about the expected publication date of his manuscript.

    The petition stated that his client however, received no reply, adding that he wrote yet again on Sept. 14, 2013, whereupon Melrose replied to say that the manuscript would be published in the last quarter of 2013.

    He said that more than eight months after, the manuscript was yet to be published, thereby causing his client to write on May 13, 2014, to Melrose seeking an explanation for the failure to do so but got no response.

    The lawyer said “our client wrote on Dec. 15, 2014 to terminate the contract or Memorandum of Agreement and on Dec. 17, 2014, Melrose emailed “our client accepting the termination of the Memorandum of Agreement’’.

    Igelige said the book Heroes of the Night, had been reprinted on several occasions in the past eight years, right from when his client’s copyright had been infringed on.

    Igelige called on the NCC to as a matter of public importance investigate, prosecute and appropriately sanction the alleged violators when found guilty.


    Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa/Grace Yussuf

  •  The Kebbi State Universal Basic Education Board has commended the Open Schooling Programme OSP introduced by the Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC to address the problem of out of school children in Nigeria The Executive Secretary of the Board Hajiya Nana Alkali gave the commendation on Thursday in Kaduna on the sidelines of a two day meeting with stakeholders on the implementation of the programme Alkali told the Nigeria News Agency that the initiative would not only mop up out of school children roaming the streets but also extend access to non literate Nigerians She lauded UBEC for selecting Kebbi among the six states in the pilot programme saying it would go a long way in helping the state to address the menace of out of school children in the state According to her the state government is doing its best to ensure that all school going age children are in school and acquiring sound education The secretary however said the challenges facing the education sector in the state was overwhelming She said that the support from the Federal Government and its agencies development partners and other relevant stakeholders would go a long way in ensuring proactive response to the problems There is significant progress in school enrolment following the implementation of the school feeding and other incentives to motivate parents to send their children to school The state government is providing free uniforms books school bags and other incentives to the pupils and motivating teachers to make learning interesting to ensure retention of pupils So far out of the 814 945 out of school children in the state 49 000 Almajiris 8 670 nomadic children and 23 000 girl child have been enrolled into formal education and more are being enrolled This was achieved through various advocacy of the state government implementation of the world Bank Supported Better Education Service Delivery for All BESDA and other support from development partners and stakeholders Alkali noted that the state government had also set up Local Government Committees on Education made up of seasoned educationists and other critical stakeholders to sustain the progress being recorded in basic education She said that the board would continue to carry out advocacy to traditional and religious leaders to enlist their support to ensure every child attends school Similarly Prof Abba Haladu Executive Secretary National Commission for Mass Literacy Adult and Non formal Education said the initiative was crucial in addressing the challenge of out of school in the country Haladu described the initiative as a great opportunity for non literate Nigerians to acquire basic education at their doorstep and at their convenience The professor noted that the OSP would significantly reduce the challenge of huge out of school children and non literate Nigerians with no access to formal education He urged all Nigerians to support the success of the initiative designed to increase educational opportunities in a flexible manner that would meet the interest of all NAN reports that UBEC had introduced the open schooling programme to specifically mop up out of school children in the country through a non conventional and flexible education strategy The programme would be implemented in six pilot states Kaduna Kano Katsina Kebbi Adamawa and Niger Edited By Folorunso Poroye Maharazu Ahmed
    Kebbi SUBEB lauds UBEC’s open school programme
     The Kebbi State Universal Basic Education Board has commended the Open Schooling Programme OSP introduced by the Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC to address the problem of out of school children in Nigeria The Executive Secretary of the Board Hajiya Nana Alkali gave the commendation on Thursday in Kaduna on the sidelines of a two day meeting with stakeholders on the implementation of the programme Alkali told the Nigeria News Agency that the initiative would not only mop up out of school children roaming the streets but also extend access to non literate Nigerians She lauded UBEC for selecting Kebbi among the six states in the pilot programme saying it would go a long way in helping the state to address the menace of out of school children in the state According to her the state government is doing its best to ensure that all school going age children are in school and acquiring sound education The secretary however said the challenges facing the education sector in the state was overwhelming She said that the support from the Federal Government and its agencies development partners and other relevant stakeholders would go a long way in ensuring proactive response to the problems There is significant progress in school enrolment following the implementation of the school feeding and other incentives to motivate parents to send their children to school The state government is providing free uniforms books school bags and other incentives to the pupils and motivating teachers to make learning interesting to ensure retention of pupils So far out of the 814 945 out of school children in the state 49 000 Almajiris 8 670 nomadic children and 23 000 girl child have been enrolled into formal education and more are being enrolled This was achieved through various advocacy of the state government implementation of the world Bank Supported Better Education Service Delivery for All BESDA and other support from development partners and stakeholders Alkali noted that the state government had also set up Local Government Committees on Education made up of seasoned educationists and other critical stakeholders to sustain the progress being recorded in basic education She said that the board would continue to carry out advocacy to traditional and religious leaders to enlist their support to ensure every child attends school Similarly Prof Abba Haladu Executive Secretary National Commission for Mass Literacy Adult and Non formal Education said the initiative was crucial in addressing the challenge of out of school in the country Haladu described the initiative as a great opportunity for non literate Nigerians to acquire basic education at their doorstep and at their convenience The professor noted that the OSP would significantly reduce the challenge of huge out of school children and non literate Nigerians with no access to formal education He urged all Nigerians to support the success of the initiative designed to increase educational opportunities in a flexible manner that would meet the interest of all NAN reports that UBEC had introduced the open schooling programme to specifically mop up out of school children in the country through a non conventional and flexible education strategy The programme would be implemented in six pilot states Kaduna Kano Katsina Kebbi Adamawa and Niger Edited By Folorunso Poroye Maharazu Ahmed
    Kebbi SUBEB lauds UBEC’s open school programme
    Education3 years ago

    Kebbi SUBEB lauds UBEC’s open school programme

    The Kebbi State Universal Basic Education Board has commended the Open Schooling Programme (OSP) introduced by the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), to address the problem of out-of-school children in Nigeria.

    The Executive Secretary of the Board, Hajiya Nana Alkali, gave the commendation on Thursday in Kaduna, on the sidelines of a two-day meeting with stakeholders on the implementation of the programme.

    Alkali told the Nigeria News Agency that the initiative would not only mop up out-of-school children roaming the streets, but also extend access to non-literate Nigerians.

    She lauded UBEC for selecting Kebbi among the six states in the pilot programme, saying it would go a long way in helping the state to address the menace of out-of-school children in the state.

    According to her, the state government is doing its best to ensure that all school-going-age children are in school and acquiring sound education.

    The secretary, however, said the challenges facing the education sector in the state was overwhelming.

    She said that the support from the Federal Government and its agencies, development partners and other relevant stakeholders would go a long way in ensuring proactive response to the problems.

    “There is significant progress in school enrolment, following the implementation of the school feeding and other incentives, to motivate parents to send their children to school.

    “The state government is providing free uniforms, books, school bags and other incentives to the pupils, and motivating teachers to make learning interesting, to ensure retention of pupils.

    “So far, out of the 814,945 out-of-school children in the state, 49,000 Almajiris, 8,670 nomadic children and 23,000 girl-child have been enrolled into formal education, and more are being enrolled.

    “This was achieved through various advocacy of the state government, implementation of the world Bank-Supported Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA), and other support from development partners and stakeholders.”

    Alkali noted that the state government had also set up Local Government Committees on Education, made up of seasoned educationists and other critical stakeholders, to sustain the progress being recorded in basic education.

    She said that the board would continue to carry out advocacy to traditional and religious leaders, to enlist their support to ensure every child attends school.

    Similarly, Prof. Abba Haladu, Executive Secretary, National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-formal Education, said the initiative was crucial in addressing the challenge of out-of-school in the country.

    Haladu described the initiative as “a great opportunity” for non-literate Nigerians, to acquire basic education at their doorstep and at their convenience.

    The professor noted that the OSP would significantly reduce the challenge of huge out-of-school children and non-literate Nigerians, with no access to formal education.

    He urged all Nigerians to support the success of the initiative, designed to increase educational opportunities in a flexible manner, that would meet the interest of all.

    NAN reports that UBEC had introduced the open schooling programme, to specifically mop up out-of-school children in the country, through a non-conventional and flexible education strategy.

    The programme would be implemented in six pilot states – Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Adamawa and Niger.


    Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Maharazu Ahmed

     

     

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