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UNICEF Enrolls About 97,000 Out-of-school Children in Sokoto, Zamfara

Written by Pyramid FM Kano

By: Sani Haruna Dutsin-ma

The United Nations Children Education Fund, UNICEF, has enrolled 964,325 out-of-school children at various Primary and secondary schools from 2012 to date, in Sokoto and Zamfara states.

UNICEF’s Chief Field Officer Sokoto State, Dr Maryam Darwesh-Sa’id, disclosed this at a three-day Media Dialogue on Girls’ Education Project-GEP3 organised for some selected journalists from Sokoto and Zamfara States.

According to her, the figure represent 44 per cent in Sokoto and 62 per cent in Zamfara, based on progressive annual school census data.

She added that, between 2012 to date, eleven thousand five hundred and ninety three thousand 11,593 teachers and head teachers were enhanced in which out of them, four hundred and eighty six 486 were females.

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Dr Maryam Darwesh also assured that, UNICEF will continue to provide technical support to the states in order to ensure that, all school girls and boys were in schools for a better education.

Earlier, the Executive Chairman, Universal Basic Education Board Sokoto sttate, Alhaji Altine Shehu Kajiji said, state government had established 76 post literacy centres, two in each local areas of the state to promote formal learning.

He said this is part of the state government commitment towards ensuring equal opportunities for girls and boys to have access to education as there is one center for girls and one for boys in order become useful members of their respective societies.

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