By: MUKHTAR YAHAYA SHEHU
Kano State has been selected to be one of the top beneficiary of the newly introduced European Union funded education and empowerment programme in Nigeria.
The programme is aimed at increasing the number of girls and boys benefiting from safe, inclusive, relevant learning and skills development opportunities in Kano, Jigawa and Sokoto states.
Briefing the state commissioner of education Alhaji Umar Haruna Doguwa in his office about the programme, the team leader of a delegation from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Mr. Michael Banda revealed that the 4 year programme which commenced from September, 2023 to August 2027 would cover 10 LGAs each from Kano, Jigawa and Sokoto states.
” The programme is aimed to benefit about 1.2 million learners, 5000 teachers, 150 education officials and 5400 community members on different areas of educational intervention.
” The programme operation is categorized in to three main outputs which involved strengthened education governance and learning, expanded access to safe and inclusive learning environment and giving quality, continuous learning and enhanced competencies ” he explained.
In a statement signed by Director public enlightenment state ministry for education Balarabe Abdullahi Kiru Mr. Abanda said as the world is changing with digital technology, there is need to adopt systematic approach to education sector whereby both teachers and learners would be provided with digital training.
He noted that if digital technology is to be introduced to transform the education sector, definitely teachers, learners as well as the ministry officials must be fully involved to acquire the needed training.
” Not only that, under this programme, we are proposing to empower and capacitate some education committees like Schools Based Management Committee (SBMC) as part of our effort to reinforce community partnership towards developing the standard of education ” he added.
Michael Abanda disclosed that the only challenge the programme may face in Kano is on data assessment, stressing that ” for long period, the recruitment of teaching staff in Kano had not been done based on the required information and that necessitated the need for the establishment of teachers management Information data “.
Abanda further solicited for the government support and cooperation towards making the project a reality.
Responding, the state Commissioner of education Alhaji Umar Haruna Doguwa thanked the European Union for selecting Kano to be one of the beneficiaries states of the programme.
Umar Doguwa stated that considering the fact that kano is going to benefit more from the fund set aside for education under the programme, there is nothing the state could do than to give all the needed support and encouragements.
” I want to assure you that this administration will give you all the necessary support in reaching out the intended 1.2 million students and 5000 teachers’ as required to realize the set goals ” the Commissioner pledged.
He informed the delegate that the present administration had approved the release of fund to conduct census of all teachers aimed at ensuring comprehensive record of schools teaching staff across the state.
Doguwa added that the state government would continue to recruit more competent teaching staff based on the needed displine to avoid redundancy.
He however applauded the programme organizers for setting aside reasonable fund on Arabic schools development and skills acquisition programmes, which he described as good initiative.