By; TINA PHINEAS, Yola
The international community has given priority to education. The right to it is topmost on its agenda, : their goal is to ensure every child has access to quality education that respects and promotes his/her right to optimum development.
In support of the importance of education, Governor Ahmadu Umar Fintiri of Adamawa State has vowed to ensure that basic education is made available and compulsory to every child in the state.
Fintiri who made the promise while laying the foundation for the construction and renovation of 165 classrooms in 80 schools across Fufore and Guyuk local government areas, said his government will ensure that the learning environment is safe and conducive for children.
According to him, without education, none of them would have been where they are today.
The governor thanked the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other development partners for collaborating with the state government to execute the project.
He assured that government will complement the efforts of the UNICEF and other donor organizations by ensuring that every Kobo counts towards making sure that the resources are judiciously used for the purpose intended.
Earlier, Mr Bhanu Pathak, UNICEF Chief of Field Office, Bauchi, who was also at the Flag-off of reconstruction and renovation of 80 schools in Adamawa said education plays a vital role in the development of any country.
“A good education eradicates poverty and improves the value and excellence of one’s life as well. No nation can therefore rise above its educational level”, he stated.
He pointed out that UNICEF is committed to partnering with the Adamawa State government to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Education for All (EFA) goals of educating all children at all levels and in all groups.
While urging the state government to release the N200 million counterpart funding for the implementation all basic education intervention in the state for 2020, Pathak stressed that UNICEF partnership with the State government in the education sector over the years had yield positive results.
“Some of these positive results are, in 2019, 544,951 out-of-school children were tracked from five LGAs of Fufore, Girei, Guyuk, Mubi north and Yola south LGEAs. This effort led to the return of over 94% of them (514, 743) to school.
“Also, over 599,417 additional children were enrolled into school as a result of enrolment drive in camps and host communities across the state.
Pathak stated further that 208,643 children benefitted from school bags with assorted learning and recreational materials; while 15,778 schoolgirls were provided school uniforms
“103 tents established in camps and host community schools; 2,000 School in a Box and 1,450 recreational kits provided to camps and return communities schools to enhance teaching and learning
“482 dilapidated classrooms renovated and furnished with 2,015 sets of 3-seater pupils’ desk and chairs across 7 LGAs; and 6 prefabricated classrooms mounted in Michika and Madagali LGAs; providing conducive learning spaces to 12,280 pupils
“Learning materials prepositioned for 100,927 pupils and 8,415 Teachers in Fufore and Guyuk LGEAs to be distributed as soon as schools resume
“575 Head Teachers and teachers trained on child-centered teaching methodologies and psychosocial support; 2386 head teachers and 207 Quality Assurance Officers trained on school records keeping
He stated further that Education in Emergencies Working Group (EIEWG) was established under the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development.
“Supported continued learning during COVID-19 through the airing of home-based learning programme on Radio and TV; reaching over 400,000 pupils and students in the State; including the development of Education Sector Contingency Plan, just to mention but a few” the UNICEF Chief affirmed.
New Nigeriab reports that the ongoing construction and renovation of 80 schools in Fufore and Guyuk is under the KWF project funded by the Government of Germany and been implemented by UNICEF and the Adamawa State Government.