Almost Half Of All Schools In N’East Need Rehabilitation – UNICEF

The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has said that almost half of all schools in North East Nigeria need rehabilitation.

UNICEF Chief of Maiduguri Field Office, Phuong T. Nguyen revealed this during a media dialogue session on Thursday in Maiduguri, Borno State.

According to him, “only 47 per cent of Schools in Borno have furniture with lower proportions in Yobe (32 per cent) and Adamawa (26 per cent). In Adamawa, only 30 per cent of schools have adequate learning materials for pupils with lower proportions (26 per cent) in Borno and (25 per cent) in Yobe.

“It is therefore little wonder that according to the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS 2021) less than half of children (48.6 per cent) complete their primary school education in north-east Nigeria”.

“About 1.9 million boys, girls and youth affected by conflict are without access to basic quality education in the region. This is inclusive of 56 per cent of all displaced children who are out of school”.

“Gentlemen of the press, the challenges of out-of-school children and the learning crises in the education sector remain issues that UNICEF and stakeholders are working to address to ensure that every child has the opportunity that education confers and be equipped with skills to survive and contribute positively to the society”.

“We are not only here to talk about the challenges, we are also here at this media dialogue to share the achievements made in the education sector. One major accomplishment is the teachers’ training programme of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Accelerated Funding (AF) project.

“This is an initiative of the Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Federal Ministry of Education, the National Teachers’ Institute (NTI) and the Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN)”.

“The training programme has supported over 18,000 unqualified teachers working in north-east Nigeria to study and pass the TRCN’s qualifying examination. Last Saturday, these teachers were inducted and licensed across Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states. The 12-month course was funded by the GPE AF and supported by UNICEF, Teaching at the Right Level (TARL) Africa and the Nigeria Union of Teachers. This is perhaps, the first training of its kind targeting a large cohort of teachers in Nigeria”.

“At least 1 million girls and boys will benefit as these newly certified teachers return to their classrooms equipped with modern and effective teaching methods, including the skills to provide gender-sensitive and psychosocial support to learners. UNICEF is excited that we might finally be turning the tide against the high dropout rates as well as facilitating access and retention of children in school. Millions more children will surely have better learning outcomes with a large cohort of motivated, trained, prepared, and equipped teachers in classrooms across the Northeast”.

“Other aspects of the GPE AF project also target improving access to education. Classrooms in at least 50 schools have been renovated and 50 temporary learning spaces constructed. Today, you will have the opportunity of visiting some of these schools, seeing and interacting with some of the newly certified teachers in action”.

“Over 500,000 children have been provided with learning materials. The capacity of 438 education officials have been strengthened in education-in-emergency leadership, and result-based planning and budgeting. We will discuss further other achievements of this project during the dialogue”.

“Gentlemen of the press, I know you are ready for the field mission. UNICEF appreciates your collaboration to ensure that no child is denied quality and inclusive education, and with solid learning outcomes”.

SOURCE: INDEPENDENT

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