In­sur­gency stopped 126,484 Yobe chil­dren from school by – UNICEF

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hamisu Kabir Matazu, Da­maturu

The United Na­tions Chil­dren’s Ed­u­ca­tion Fund (UNICEF) has said that 126,484 chil­dren were thrown out of school by in­sur­gency in Yobe State.

UNICEF rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Mrs Mary Bimba, dis­closed this yesterday in Da­maturu at the Back to School En­rol­ment Drive cam­paign.

She said UNICEF was part­ner­ing with the fed­eral and state gov­ern­ments to give dis­placed chil­dren in the state another op­por­tu­nity to go to school.

“It is a fun­da­men­tal right of chil­dren to re­ceive qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and it is our obli­ga­tion as gov­ern­ments, par­ents and de­vel­op­ment part­ners, to en­sure that ev­ery child has ac­cess to qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion”, she said.

She added that UNICEF had es­tab­lished shift schools, school tents, bags and learn­ing ma­te­ri­als in In­ter­nally Dis­placed Per­sons’ camps to pro­vide ed­u­ca­tion for chil­dren.

“As peace and sta­bil­ity re­turns, fo­cus will now be more on sup­port­ing the ef­forts of the state gov­ern­ment in re­open­ing schools in the re­turn ar­eas”, Bimba said.

The Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Al­haji Mo­hammed Daura, who rep­re­sented Gover­nor Ibrahim Gaidam, said ed­u­ca­tional de­vel­op­ment in the state was ham­pered by in­sur­gency.

Adamawa Com­mis­sioner for Ed­u­ca­tion, Dr Kaleptawa Fa­rauta (right), ad­dresses a news con­fer­ence on the ‘Gov­ern­ment/ UNICEF Pupils En­roll­ment Drive’ in ar­eas af­fected by in­sur­gency in the state. With her is the Head of UNICEF Bauchi Zonal Of­fice, Dr Ab­dul­lahi Kaikai.

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