By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) has commenced a 2-day media engagement workshop, aimed at strengthening the understanding of the traditional and new media on education policies and practices in Kaduna State.
According to PERL’s Istifanus Akau while stating the objectives of the training titled, ‘Media Engagement to Strengthen the Understanding of Media on Education Policies and Practices Towards Building Public Confidence and Trust on the School System in Kaduna State’ at the opening ceremony on Wednesday March 6 in Kaduna, he said that it is also aimed at building public confidence and trust on the school system.
“To leverage on existing media platforms to increase public awareness on education policies and programs in the state,” he said.
An earlier statement issued by PERL, signed by its Team Leader, Abel Adejor explained that PERL is a five-year Public-Sector Accountability and Governance programme funded by the UK’s Department for International Development.
“PERL is working to reform how governments organise their core business of making, implementing, tracking and accounting for policies, plans and budgets used in delivering public goods (economic stability and an enabling environment for private enterprise to promote growth and reduce poverty) and services to the citizenry, and how citizens themselves engage with these processes.
“PERL is being delivered through 3 ‘pillars’ which will plan and act together to support sustainable service delivery reforms in Kaduna State. Only two pillars are currently operational in Kaduna State. Pillar 1: Accountable, Responsive & Capable Government (ARC), Pillar 2: Engaged Citizens Pillar (ECP) and Pillar 3. Learning, Evidencing and Advocacy Partnership LEAP).
“PERL facilitated series of engagements and reflections with non-state actors (SBMCs, PTAs, CSOs and media) across the 23 LGAs of the State, the engagements targeted at identifying policy and advocacy issues driven towards inclusion into the State Education Policy.,” it stated
The statement further said that issues identified were further discussed with citizens’ groups in a Public Policy Dialogue facilitated across 23 LGAs of the State.
The State education policy has been developed and validated alongside Education Strategic Plan and Quality Assurance Policy with inputs from SBMCs, PTAs, CSOs and other critical stakeholders in the sector.
“In line with the global movement of bringing together media engagement and development, PERL is aimed at working to revive community participation in school improvement using the existing SBMCs and PTAs structures.
“It is important to crown these achievements by consolidating the community contributions and media in Kaduna state. By so doing, strengthening their awareness and understanding on government reforms (policy and programs), ability to build confidence and trust in the school system and thereby leveraging on existing media platforms in the state,” it explained.