• News - North West - Kaduna
  • Updated: May 12, 2023

Kaduna SUBEB To Enrol Over 145,000 Out-Of-School Children

The Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board (Kaduna SUBEB) has commenced a campaign to enrol 145,553 out-of-school children in schools. 

This comes under the World Bank-supported Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) programme.

The Board’s Desk Officer Area I Lead, BESDA, Esther Jibji, made this known at the opening of a one-day stakeholders’ sensitisation on the enrolment of out-of-school children in Kaduna.

According to Jibji, BESDA was established in the state in 2019 and was particularly initiated to address the troubles of out-of-school children.

She stated that the board has enrolled over 500,000 out-of-school children in school in the first phase of the programme, adding that 312,785 children have been verified by the National Population Commission.

The officer further stated that the state had secured additional grants to enrol more out-of-school children to school, emphasizing the need for the stakeholders’ sensitisation.

“This is why we organised the sensitisation to solicit the support of parents and caregivers, religious and community leaders to ensure that every school-age child is enrolled in school.

“As you may have noticed, despite Kaduna SUBEB efforts to enrol all children in school, some children are still roaming the streets during school hours.

“Education for all is the responsibility of all. We need the support of all stakeholders to ensure that no child is left behind,” she said.

Jibji specified some of the out-of-school children as children wandering the streets, children from poor and vulnerable homes, children with disabilities, girl children, and nomadic children among others.

She said that some of the children could be found on the streets, motor packs, and farms, while others were hidden in their houses due to their disabilities.

Jibji further noted that Kaduna SUBEB had established non-formal learning centres in some parts of the state.

This development, according to her, is part of efforts to take learning opportunities closer to children who are unable not attend formal schools.

Hajiya Farida Ibrahim, Education Secretary Kaduna North Local Government Education Authority, whole speaking, described the BESDA programme as “crucial” to taking care of the situation of out-of-school children in the state.

Ibrahim advised parents and caregivers to enrol their children in school to obtain the quality education necessary for living a quality life and contributing to social development.

In his remark, Kabiru Lawal, the acting Director of Social Mobilisation of Kaduna SUBEB, encouraged religious leaders to sensitise their followers during sermons in Churches and Mosques.

Lawal noted that primary one to three pupils were being assisted with learning materials including uniforms under the programme.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), BESDA was initiated by the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) with support from the Federal Ministry of Education.

The programme began in 2019 with a  611 million-dollar loan from the World Bank, which the Federal Government shared among 17 participating states as a grant.

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