By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Bauchi State Amirah of the Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN), Habiba Sa’ad Usmsn has enjoined benefitting organizations of the Life Skills for Boys and Girls to ensure the sustainability of the programme in the state.
“These girls and boys were trained for the past seven years on issues that affects life skills. They have been trained on quality effectiveness and how they can improve upon and bring development into their communities”, she.said.
Mrs. Habiba Usman who was speaking at the knowledge and skills acquisition graduation ceremony of over 1, 000 boys and girls in Bauchi Wednesday, said that beneficiaries of the programme have skillfully and knowledgeably gained and learnt a lot during the training period.
Habiba who explained that the.progrsmme was run under the tutelage of MEDA, a Canadian Non-governmental organization, said that it has economically and socially impacted on the boys and girls to.promote the growth and development of their respective communities across the twenty local government areas of Bauchi state.
In a goodwill message to the graduation ceremony, the chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Sirimbai Dahiru Usman Bauchi Sa’id that his board has established a vocational centre at Miri, a suburb of Bauchi metropolis where youth are being trained on.various skills for self-reliance.
Dr. Sirimbai Dahiru Bauchi disclosed that the Northeast zonal Smart School built in Bauchi would start enrolment of pupils and students from nursery to junior secondary school commencing from the next academic session, as the Second Chance School built at the Games Village is also slated for enrolment from next session specifically for women to acquire knowledge and skills.
The chairman who was represented by the board’s Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Abdullahi, Sa’id that these were in addition to the Better Education Services Delivery for All (BESDA) which was a collaborative programme between federal and state governments, and the World Bank for the training of school dropouts, almajiris and.street hawkers being tutored by special teachers to achieve set objectives.
Also speaking, a partner to the Life Skills Program of MEDA, Mrs. Zinatu Daniel Istifanus noted that the event marks the peak of countless hours of hard work, dedication and commitment by every stakeholder in the programme.
Mrs. Z.D Istifanus described the adolescent period as a significant state of growth and development that also marks the period of transition from childhood to adulthood, and characterized by rapid psychological changes and maturation.
She also described the period as a stage when young people extend their relationship between themselves, and beyond their parents and families, hence the need for cognitive social skills to tackle their problems and.prepare them for future challenges.