Story from Najib SANI, Bauchi
The United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has supported 214, 758 girls to enrol in schools in Bauchi State within the last year 2020.
UNICEF supported the girls under its Girls Education Program (GEP) thereby increasing the number of school girls in the state to 1,130,465.
Dr Zigeh Icunoamlak, Officer in Charge (OIC) of UNICEF Bauchi Field Office made the disclosure during a one-day high level advocacy/endorsement meeting with stakeholders on the establishment of local accountability systems for the sustainability of GEP 3 in the state held at the palace of the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu.
According to him, 11,520 teachers and IQS facilitators have core knowledge and competencies to use proven teaching methodologies to deliver appropriate quality education through GEP 3 while 11,270 (1,727 females) principals, head teachers have enhanced capacity on school record keeping and have provided valid school data through which 8 annual school census has been conducted, disseminated and published from 2012 – 2020.
Zigeh Icunoamlak also said that 12 focus local governments have developed local education sector operational plan to align with the state education sector plan while improved planning at the local level is expected to contribute to achieving equitable distribution of resources based on evidence.
He explained that base on the identified barriers and bottlenecks to girls’ education, GEP 3 theory of change and interventions were planned to reduce these barriers and to deliver results under three outputs including increased enrolment and retention for girls in basic education, improved capacity of teachers to deliver effective learning for girls and improved governance to strengthen girls’ education
“With the project coming to an end on 30th June 2021, it is very important to identify the lessons learnt and good practices form the GEP 3 to ensure the gains are not lost.
“The reason for this gathering today is to get the commitment and endorsement of the emirate council with stakeholders on establishment of local accountability systems for the sustainability of GEP 3 in Bauchi wtate.
“UNICEF is committed to sustaining support to Nigerian government at the federal and state levels to ensure quality education and development of children”, he assured.
In his remarks, the emir of Bauchi Alhaji Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu commended UNICEF and other partners for supporting the state in the area of health care and education.
He then assured that the traditional institutions in the state are ever ready to support any program that brings positive impact on the lives of people of the state.