Residents Lauds UNICEF Support For Rebuilding 80 Schools

Residents of Fufore local government, lauded UNICEF support in rebuilding 80 schools, under the KFW project, funded by the Government of Germany.

They spoke through, Mallam Musa Jauro Gurin, Chairman of the council in an interview with leadership in Yola Saturday.

Gurin said, the project has impact on reducing out of schools children on the street and the IDPs  in the council.

Bhanu Pathak, Chief of Field Office, UNICEF Nigeria Bauchi Field at  symbolic flag-off at Margire Primary School said  UNICEF is  partnering with the state government to implement the project.

Pathak speech reads “This is an important project that will result in the renovation and construction of 80 schools in Fufore and Guyuk LGAs in this phase before the end of 2020.

Another set of schools will be considered in Hong, Mubi-North and Mubi-South LGAs respectively; ultimately contributing to quality education outcomes in Adamawa State at this level.

A good education eradicates poverty and improves the value and excellence of one’s life as well.

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In recognition of the important role education plays in development of a nation; and also in tandem with its mandate of promoting, advocating and contributing to the fulfilment of the rights of children, including the right to quality education, UNICEF is committed to partnering with the  Adamawa State government to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and  the Education for All (EFA) goals of educating all children at all levels and in all groups.

He said UNICEF’s between 2015 and 2019, under the Towards Safe Schools Initiative Project (TSSIP) funded by the Government of Norway and the KFW project funded by the Government of Germany and implemented

Education in Emergencies Working Group (EIEWG) established under the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development.

Supported continued learning during COVID-19 through the airing of home-based learning programme on Radio and TV; reaching over 400,000 pupils and students in the State; including the development of Education Sector Contingency Plan.

Over 559,417 additional children enrolled as a result of the enrolment drive activities in camps and host communities

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Improved school records and school data to inform decision making, implementation and monitoring through the yearly conduct of Annual School Census in all schools now available.

In 2019, 544,951 out-of-school children were tracked from five LGAs of Fufore, Girei, Guyuk, Mubi north and Yola south LGEAs.

Efforts made working with the communities led to the return of over 94% of them (514, 743)

208,643 children benefitted from school bags with assorted learning materials and recreational materials; 15,778 schoolgirls provided school uniforms 103 tents established in camps and host community schools; 2,000 School in a Box and 1,450 recreational kits provided to camps and return communities schools to enhance teaching and learning 482 dilapidated classrooms renovated and furnished with 2,015 sets of 3-seater pupils’ desk and chairs across 7 LGAs; and 6 prefabricated classrooms mounted in Michika and Madagali LGAs; providing conducive learning spaces to 12,280 pupils

Learning materials prepositioned for 100,927 pupils and 8,415 Teachers in Fufore and Guyuk LGEAs to be distributed as soon as schools resume.

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575 Head Teachers and teachers trained on child-centred teaching methodologies and psychosocial support; 2386 head teachers and 207 Quality Assurance Officers trained on school records keeping.

Approve and direct the immediate release of the sum of N200.75 million being Adamawa State Government counterpart cash contribution (GCCC) for the implementation of all Basic Education and Education in Emergencies interventions in the State for 2020.

Approve and direct the conduct of a comprehensive needs’ assessment of schools and teachers; launch and dissemination of a 10-year Education Strategic Plan

Redistribution of teachers based on pupils’ enrollment and recruitment of more qualified female teachers.

Provision of furniture to all schools that will be constructed/renovated,” he added.

Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, lauded UNICEF Intervention in restoring back lost glory of education devastated by insurgency in the state.

Source: Leadership

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