Zamfara: 4,340 adolescents graduate from sexual, reproductive health training in Kaura-Namoda LGA.



No fewer than 4,340 adolescents graduated from Sexual and Reproductive Health training conducted by an NGO, `Save the Children International’ (SCI),in Kaura-Namoda Local Government Area of Zamfara state.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the training was conducted under the Non-Governmental Organisation’s `Reaching and Empowering Adolescents to Make Informed Choices for their Health’ (REACH) project.

The Community Engagement and Advocacy Coordinator of REACH project in the state, Hajiya Fatima Musa, disclosed this on Friday at the safe space field visit at Kuryar Madaro Community.

According to her, the REACH is a three year project funded by Global Affairs, Canada, implemented by the Save the Children International in three northern states.

She said the project targets 100,000 adolescent boys and girls between the ages of 10 to 19 in Zamfara, Katsina and Gombe states.

“In Zamfara, two local government areas of Kaura-Namoda and Talata-Mafara were selected for the project, targeting over 33,000 adolescents.

“Out of over 16,000 married and unmarried males and females covering 10 to 14 and 15 to 19 years in Kaura-Namoda local government area, a total of 4,340 adolescent boys and girls have so far graduated from the programme.

“This project is expected to improve decision making, access of high quality gender-responsive and adolescent-friendly SCI services as well as addressing sexual and reproductive health risks among others,’’ she said.

She commended the implementing partners, the Voluntary Aid Initiative (VAI) and other stakeholders for supporting the project in the state.

Head of VAI, Mr Musa Aboki thanked the beneficiaries for proving the positive impact of the programme especially in terms of hygiene, parent-children relations, education and taking informed decisions.

Aboki called on government at all levels to appreciate efforts of SCI and intervene for the continuation of similar engagements across the state.

In his remarks, the District Head of Karyar Madaro, Alhaji Mahmud Muhammad thanked SCI and REACH for choosing his community as one of the communities to implement their projects in the state.

Muhammad said the programme has promoted the wellbeing of the entire community and called on government and other stakeholders, to come up with various programmes to support the girl-child education.

“I am also appealing to government to engage female graduates into the state civil service to address most of the development challenges bedeviling our progress as a state,’’ he said.

The traditional ruler assured of continued support and cooperation to any partner with a mission of helping the society.

Various stakeholders including government officials, religious and traditional leaders, media, CSOs, children’s parliament and community representatives were in attendance during the visit.

Edited & Vetted By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Tukur Muntari.

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