UNICEF, SUBEB flags off back to school programmes in Kastina LGAs

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United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF and Katsina State’s Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, have jointly flagged-off back-to-school programmes In two of the state LGAS.

The programme targeted at reducing the number of out-of-school children, particularly in two Katsina hardest hit LGAs namely Kankara and Karfur.

The campaigns were driven by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) through the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

Katsina Commissioner for Education, Prof. Badamasi Lawal said the government in collaboration with development agencies is committed to ensuring that the affected children return to school.

He said in Kankara LGA, report released indicates that 75 per cent of children dropped out of school upon completing primary school education.

It was gathered that recently, Alhaji Isa Muhammad, Secretary of the Katsina State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), at a town hall meeting in Kankara that recently collated data revealed that only 82 per cent of children aged between 6 and 11 attend primary school, while 28 per cent are out of primary school.

In Karfur where another town hall meeting was held, SUBEB disclosed that no fewer than 100 field officers will be deployed into the rural communities of the two LGAs, to advocate behavioral change and quick return of the children to schools

Alhaji Abdulmalik Bello, the Director of Social Mobilization, Katsina State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), who made the above disclosure said 50 field officers from each of the two LGAs will receive a two-day training beginning from Friday, Oct. 15, and be deployed to drive the campaign exercise.

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