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Nigeria Records 13m Out Of School Children, 60% From North – Osasah



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By Jessica John Bakari

The Executive Director of African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development, Mr Monday Osasah says currently Nigeria is being rated having about 13 million out of school children with 60% of them from the northern part of the country.

Osasah stated this during a one day subnational summit on girl child education and premier of the C-CAGE documentary organized by the African Centre for Leadership Strategy and Development with support from Malala Foundation with a theme “Girl Child Education, A Veritable Tool for Development” held at Nurses House in Jimeta – Yola.

He said the centre is a non profit, non governmental organization established under Nigerian laws to build strategic leadership for sustainable development in Africa.

Osasah explained that the vision of the centre is to work with forces of positive change to empower citizens to transform society.

He pointed out that the centre is also meant to address the growing menace of out of school children in Nigeria in which currently stands at 13 million, the world highest number.

He added that the centre focuses on girl child education because girls account for over 60% of children.

Osasah enumerated the successes recorded in Adamawa to include enrollment of 1451 out of school girls into secondary Schools in three local government areas of Numan, Song and Maiha.

Other success achieved was the establishment of 25 safe spaces across the three local government areas with 1072 in and out of school girls for learning of basic numeracy and vocational skills.

In his remark, the Deputy speaker in the state house of assembly, Mr  Pwamakaino Mackondo lauded the effort of the centre with the support from Malala foundation for supporting Adamawa State in the area of Girl child Education.

There were goodwill messages from the state commissioner of higher education and tertiary institution, Mr Dishon kwobe, representatives of village heads of Numan, Song and Maiha local government areas, as well as representatives of teachers, chairman of universal basic education board, parents among others.

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Adamawa Gets Another Private Varsity, Wisdom Kwati University Demsa




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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State has performed the ground breaking of Wisdom Kwati University, Demsa.

The Governor gave the founder a pat on the back for establishing an institution that will be an epitome of excellence in lifelong learning in Nigeria and beyond said the initiative is in line with his administration’s commitment to improve the education sector.

The proposed Wisdom Kwati University is a brainchild of a son of the soil Wisdom Kwati who is industrially trained and qualified with a background in software and real estate development, and leadership skills.

For the founder, the desire to establish the varsity in his hometown is borne out of his zeal and passion to ensure the development and growth of his community.

Despite the setbacks and discouragement from different quarters,the dogged young man kept to his pursuit with the mindset that nothing is impossible to achieve saying failure stays in the head,thankful that his dreams have come to pass.

Wisdom Kwati said the university which is going to be different from the conventional one will commence fully in September with 5 faculties and in affiliation to foreign universities.

While soliciting for the support and prayers of his people, the founder urged them to take it as a community project stating that the tuition unlike other private universities will be subsidized by 60%.

Governor Fintiri through his Special Adviser, Prince Medan Fwa Mni pleased with the foresight of the founder of the Wisdom Kwati University said it is in line with the educational policy of his administration.

The Numan federation, he noted has contributed greatly to the manpower of the country despite the fact that it has never experienced the presence of a tertiary institution, expressing optimism that with the establishment of such citadel of learning the sky will be the limit of the people.

He reiterated the commitment of the present administration to partner with any individual or organization in the overall interest of the state.

In their goodwill messages the representative of Hama Bata Homun Alhamdu Gladstone Teneke,Mr Harrison,Managing Director Adamawa Homes and Savings Noris Gizgard,Former Member representing Demsa constituency Lusambani Dilli and Agoso Bamaiyi lauded the initiative of the founder to bring quality and modern education to the doorstep of the people pledging to support the project.

Various cultural troupes entertained the guests.

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Group Trains Stakeholders On Ways Of Curbing Gender Based Violence In Bauchi




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BAOBAB for Women’s Human Rights has organized a two-day capacity enhancement workshop for first responders to Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, SGBV, in Bauchi State.

The workshop is aimed at boosting the capacity of State and Non-State-actors that are on the front line, in order to end Sexual and Gender Based Violence, in the State.

Speaking to newsmen at the event, one of the facilitators, Dr. Zubaida Nagee, said the workshop will improve the participants’ capacity as first responders to SGBV, to deal with the situation, before taking further action.

“We know they have been doing it for a while. It’s not that we are coming for the first time to teach them, we are trying to enhance them with new knowledge and also learn from them because they are comprised of State and Non-State-actors. How do they do it and what are we doing that is not working well, and what did we need to do to move forward in tackling the menace, this is what we are doing,” Dr. Nagee said.

She added that there is a need for a strong collaboration between CSOs, media, and critical stakeholders, to bring to an end the issue of SGBV.

Some of the participants expressed satisfaction with what they learned during the workshop and promised to step it down to other persons involved in the fight against Sexual and Gender Based Violence in Bauchi State.

Journalists, traditional leaders, health workers, legal practitioners, security personnel, and CSOs are among those that attended the workshop.

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Out-of-school Children: Bauchi Govt Trains 370 Enumerators On School Census




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The Bauchi state Ministry of Education has embarked on a two-day training of 370 enumerators for the annual school census in the state.

Addressing the enumerators shortly before the commencement of the training in Bauchi on Saturday, the state Commissioner for Education, Dr. Jamila Dahiru congratulated the enumerators for being selected to participate in the exercise.

According to her, the exercise was very crucial as it would help the state government to know the actual numbers of schools, students and pupils of both the integrated Quranic and public schools as well as the facilities, so as to equip itself with the necessary data for proper planning.

Dahiru, who reminded all the participants in the exercise on the need to effectively and accurately carry out the exercise, said no school must be left behind.

She explained that the census exercise would last for 10 days, starting from March 6, 2023.

“Without the correct data, we won’t have something to work on. We are hoping that using our annual school census for this year, we will be able to come up with projects and planning for anything that we want to do in the next few years.

“So, if you mislead us, we will be misled entirely, and it is important that you capture and present accurate data.

“The reason why we said we want to have a robust annual school census this year is because over the years, we have been having records of Bauchi state statistics of out-of-school children where we were told that we are now leading in Nigeria.

“We believe that this is not true. If we have people, ministries, other agencies, and recruiting teachers over the years and enrolling students, yet we keep on topping the chart, I think something is wrong.

“Either the data is not correct or we are doing something wrong. And so, we want to find out,” said the Commissioner.

She urged the participants to go out as ambassadors of the state, keeping in mind that acquisition of true data was their topmost priority which would help the ministry and any other stakeholders that might be interested in improving the educational sector in the state.

One of the enumerators who spoke on behalf of all, Ibrahim Dauda, promised to do the needful in getting and presenting credible data that would help to improve the ministry and the educational system in the state.

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