Against the backdrop of millions of out-of-school children in the Northern region, the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad III yesterday led other Emirs and Chiefs of Northern Nigeria to sign a commitment to increase school enrolment in the region by 30% by next year. The Committed Actions 2018/2019 which was signed by the monarchs during the Northern Nigeria Traditional Leaders Conference on Out-of-School Children at Umaru Musa Yar’adua Indoor Sports Hall Murtala Square, Kaduna is a four item action aimed at significantly improving school enrolment in Northern Nigeria. By signing the commitment, the Sultan and Emirs agree to: “Reach out and bring to school all children within our areas of administration.
“To identify and address key socio cultural barriers affecting children’s (especially girl child’s) school enrolment, retention and completion within our areas of administration.
“To establish and support the implementation of structured enrolment drive campaigns with clear monitoring mechanism to ensure children enrol and remain in school.
“To advocate and work with relevant government agencies and community structures to increase funding for improved delivery of quality basic education within our areas of administration.”
The traditional leaders’ action if well implemented is aimed to ensure “30% increase in school enrolment depending on the prevalence rate of out-of-school children within their jurisdiction.”
“Socio cultural barriers identified and addressed; enrolment monitoring teams established at emirates, districts and village heads levels and monitoring children on the streets. Improved school condition through availability of new/renovated classrooms, furniture, WASH facilities and school supplies.”The commitment actions follows the need to address the millions of out-of-school children in Northern Nigeria that could militate against the development of the region in the future. The two-day conference was jointly organised by Federal Ministry of Education, Universal Basic Education Commission, National Commission for Mass Education and Sultan Foundation for Peace and Development in collaboration with UNicef.
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