Northern monar­chs vow to in­crease school en­rol­ment

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Maryam Ah­madu-Suka, Kaduna

Northern monar­chs yes­ter­day ex­pressed com­mit­ment to in­creas­ing school en­rol­ment in the re­gion.

They also promised to es­tab­lish and sup­port the im­ple­men­ta­tion of struc­tured en­rol­ment-driven com­mit­ments with clear mon­i­tor­ing mech­a­nisms to en­sure chil­dren en­rolled re­main in schools.

They said they would also work with rel­e­vant gov­ern­ment agen­cies and com­mu­nity struc­tures to in­crease fund­ing for im­proved qual­ity de­liv­ery of ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion in their ju­ris­dic­tions.

The monar­chs, led by the Sul­tan of Sokoto, Al­haji Muham­mad Sa’ad Abubakar, in­di­vid­u­ally signed an ac­tion plan book­let show to their com­mit­ment at a two-day Northern Nige­ria Tra­di­tional Lead­ers Con­fer­ence on Out-of-School Chil­dren in Kaduna.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Uni­ver­sal Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion (UBEC), Malam Bello Ka­fara, said that gov­ern­ments at all lev­els must make ed­u­ca­tion a key pri­or­ity to ad­dress the myr­iad of prob­lems af­fect­ing the sec­tor.

He said: “Gov­ern­ments must im­prove bud­getary al­lo­ca­tion to the sec­tor and en­sure pru­dent use of re­sources for any mean­ing­ful im­prove­ment to take place. There must be a con­sen­sus and change of at­ti­tude among fam­ily and care­givers to­ward ed­u­cat­ing their chil­dren, par­tic­u­larly in Northern Nige­ria.”

He called for the es­tab­lish­ment of Northern Nige­rian Rapid Re­sponse Foun­da­tion that would fo­cus on the ed­u­ca­tion of chil­dren and youths in the re­gion.

UNICEF Chief of Ed­u­ca­tion Terry Durn­nian said gov­ern­ment must be pushed to fo­cus at­ten­tion on ed­u­ca­tional de­vel­op­ment.

Con­vener, Arewa Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Project, Dr. Us­man Bu­gaje, said: “It is only in the North that par­ents give birth to chil­dren and send them to the streets to fend for them­selves. Par­ents must learn to give birth to the num­ber of chil­dren they can care for. In this part of the coun­try, chil­dren are grow­ing with­out ba­sic fam­ily sup­port which con­tin­ues to af­fect the abil­ity of chil­dren to get the ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion they need to live pro­duc­tive lives”.

Photo: Shehu K. Goro

Par­tic­i­pants dur­ing the ‘Northern Nige­ria Tra­di­tional Lead­ers Con­fer­ence on Out-of- School Chil­dren’ in Kaduna yes­ter­day.

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