The Federal Ministry Of Education (FME) in collaboration with State Ministry of Education and Benue State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB)
On Tuesday and Wednesday this week held a training for Mothers Association, Community Volunteers and Head Teachers at LGEA Central School Ugba Logo and LGEA Central School Katsina-Ala as part of activities for the implementation of the UNICEF/GPE/FME supported Back to School Campaign in Benue State.
Speaking at the training, the FME Team leader, Mrs Confidence Okonkwo stated that, the objective of the training was to equip the Mother’s Association, Community Volunteers and Community Leaders on how to identify, Out Of School children (OOSC), their roles as Community Stakeholders and the strategies to adopt to bring OOSC back to school. She was optimistic that, the training if put to use will enhance enrollment in schools, improve literacy, high enrollment, retention and transition rates in the two focus LGAs and Benue State as a whole.
Also speaking, Mrs Cupi Tarfena of FME said, education has many benefits as it’s the most important national resource. An educated person is an asset for the individual, family and community. She urged all stakeholders to join in the campaign to ensure all children are enrolled in school.
Speaking on behalf of Benue SUBEB, the Director Social Mobilization SUBEB represented by the Enrollment Drive Campaign Desk officer, Emmanuella Akese expressed gratitude to UNICEF/ GPE and FME for initiating and funding this laudable programme. He said, the outbreak of COVID-19 compounded the already existing out of school children phenomenon in Nigeria as many children could not return to school, even when the pandemic seemed to have reduced. He further said that, the importance of the community stakeholders in playing crucial roles to bring OOSC back to school cannot be over emphasized, suing for the sustenance of the campaign.
In their separate speeches , the Education Secretary of Logo LGA, Mrs Terseer Amon and her Katsina-Ala counterpart, Mr Jonathan Chagba, all charged the participants to take the training seriously and be committed to the back to school campaign. They said, enrollment in Basic Education Schools has reduced greatly and high drop out rates on the rise. While they described the situation as worrisome, the Education Secretaries said the campaign was apt to salvage the drop in enrollment situation.
Responding on behalf of participants, Mr Akume Oryina and Binta Hassan pledged their unalloyed support to the campaign to ensure all school age children in Logo and Katsina-Ala are in school.