School Based Management Committee (SBMC) members have been urged to ensure that the rate of out of school children are reduced to the barest minimum.
The Principal Social Mobilisation Officer, Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Mrs Esther Jibji, stated this in Kaduna yesterday while addressing the Strengthening Accountability and Transparency in Nigerian Education Sector (STATNES) meeting organised by LEADS Nigeria and sponsored by MacArthur Foundation.
According to her, the roles of the SBMC members also include monitoring of projects in their school, monitoring of teachers and students, and particularly mobilising funds to carry out little repairs in their school before it becomes too big and expensive to repair.
“Your role as SBMC members is to ensure that the children go to school and they don’t drop out of school. If they fail to go to school because they don’t have uniform or notebook you should buy for them, if they are not in school because they cannot pay a fee of N200 or N500, pay for them to enable them return to school,” the SUBEB official added.
Earlier, the executive director, LEADS Nigeria, Mrs Rebecca John-Sako said that 100 participants were drawn from 20 schools from Soba, Kaura and Chikun local government areas under the project coverage area. She noted that they were trained on their roles as SBMC members and how they can raise funds to cover minor repairs and develop the schools.
“SBMC are improving because they are understanding their roles as bridge builders between government and the community, raising awareness and helping the government to develop the schools. They are improving but some of them that have been trained have moved to other communities, we have new members who are not playing their roles very well.
“The main objective is how to raise resources for the work of the SBMC, who is to help them with technical training, human resources and others? How will they get people to donate furniture? The advocacy strategies, how effective has it been and how can they improve on that?” she added.
One of the participants, the Village Head of Gwagwada, Malam Yusuf Gambo said the workshop is timely because it has to do with accountability and transparency in government projects in their areas.
“We learnt that we are supposed to monitor projects by government and organisations in our areas, if there is something not done well, we are to complain about it.”
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