Zamfara flags off Back-to-School campaign



Zamfara flags off Back-to-School campaign

By Ishaq Zaki

Zamfara’s government, together with the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and UNICEF, on Wednesday launched a back-to-school and safe-to-school campaign in Gusau.

The campaign ends the state’s school closures due to insecurity and the COVID-19 outbreak.

The launch of the campaign was organized by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and UNICEF Nigeria.

GPE and UNICEF are supporting the inclusive and gender responsive enrollment campaign for the Back to School Campaign and the Safe Reopening of Schools in the Maradun and Kaura-Namoda local government areas of the state.

The permanent secretary of the Ministry of Education, Alhaji Kabiru Sani, ended the campaign on behalf of Governor Bello Matawalle.

He said the closure of schools was one of the main setbacks in the state’s education programs.

He said the COVID-19 epidemic and insecurity have disrupted the state’s political, social, economic, religious and financial structures.

“We are all aware of the negative effects COVID-19 has caused on our children’s education in Zamfara.

“It is in light of this that we are gathered here today to thank GPE, the Federal Ministry of Education and UNICEF for providing this commendable intervention in Zamfara.

“It is however worrying that after the end of the lockdown of COVID-19 and the problems of insecurity diminished, the children were still not going to school,” said Sani.

UNICEF consultant Dr Ahmad Hashim called the report timely, adding that UNICEF has supported Zamfara over the years, especially in the area of ​​girls’ education.

“We provided financial and technical support to the state; we have trained over 10,000 teachers.

“Millions of naira have been spent by UNICEF in the form of cash transfers to vulnerable children in the state aimed at reducing the number of children out of school.

“Before our intervention, Zamfara had more than 500,000 out-of-school children, but thanks to the efforts of the government and the support of partners such as UNICEF, that number has dropped to 300,000,” Hashim said.

He congratulated Governor Matawalle for providing matching funding to UNICEF.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that various speakers at the event expressed the need for the government and all stakeholders to take action to ensure the safe return of students to school in the State.

Source: NAN

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