Western Education: 53,000 Almajiri, girl child pupils get free uniforms, learning materials in Bauchi (Pictures)

Story from Ahmad SAKA, Bauchi

53,000 Tsangaya pupils and girl child pupils have received free uniforms, learning instructional materials, and child basic needs under the better education service delivery for all BESDA program in nine local government areas of Bauchi State to learn Western education.

The nine local government areas include Alkaleri, Bauchi, Misau, Ganjuwa, Jama’are, Itas Gadau,  Katagum, Zaki, and Gamawa local government areas.

The Chairman, Bauchi State Primary Education Board, Dr Abubakar Sirimbai Sheikh Dahiru stated this yesterday after he inspected the distribution exercise in nine local government areas of the State.

He said the items distributed include schools uniforms, learning and instructional materials, bathing and washing soaps, first aid box, toilet, and disinfection materials, 6000 two-seater pupils furniture, mats, school bags and 200 wheelchairs and tricycles to pupils with special needs in the girl child and Tsangaya Qur’anic schools.

He said under the program BESDA constructed modern toilets, temporary learning shades, boreholes, and constructed wells across the nine local government areas.” The projects are there physically for whoever wants to go and see”.

Sirimbai who is the state Project Coordinator of BESDA said, “with the distributions exercise and employment of 1500 teachers to teach in the newly established centres shows that Tsangaya school pupils and girl hawkers have returned to classrooms, and very soon the remaining pupils that didn’t get their learning materials will collect their own because during mapping exercise the number of pupils captured in both girl child and Tsangaya centres is over 70,000, but after the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have carried out the centre validation to know the actual number of pupils that returned to school, we have over 58,000 that returned after school reopening as at the time of the exercise, and the number of pupils we have supersedes the target set up by BESDA”.

The Chairman said, “we are mindful that the number of pupils in the school centres will keep increasing in the coming months because many pupils that went to the farm will return to classrooms.

“We use computer technology in the enrollment of the pupils across the over 1000 established centres of learning for tsangaya and girl child pupils in the state”.

He said with the current distributions exercise, it is now clear that the present administration has touched the lives of citizens in each ward in the nine local government areas which is one of the largest and widest achievements of the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed in his efforts to reduce the highest number of out of school children in the State.

He commended the Governor for giving them the opportunity to do a quality job that has a direct bearing on the lives of the common man and less privilege in the State.

Tsangaya School proprietors and girl child centres Alaramma, Malam Kabiru and Malam Muhammadu Zirame commended the steadfastness of the project coordinators and the judicious distribution of the materials and explained that their action is worthy of emulation.

They assured that the pupils will make the best use of the items for the development of education in the state in order to have good leaders tomorrow.


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