The Niger State Government has commended the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for supporting the campaign to increase the enrolment of children in schools across the state.
Dr Adamu Isah, the Chairman of the Niger State Universal Basic Education (NSUBEB), gave the commendation in Minna on Tuesday.
Isah spoke at the end of a capacity building training, which was organised for 450 education managers in primary schools across nine local government areas of the state.
He said that the UNICEF intervention had stimulated an increase in children’s enrolment in schools, while boosting human capital development in the education sector of the state.
Isah described UNICEF as “a committed partner’’ and urged the participants to use the knowledge they acquired in the training to sustain the UNICEF project and ensure its continuity.
“As you go back to your places of work, ensure that you use what you have learnt to guide the children in life skills and encourage them to enrol in schools and complete their education,’’ he said.
A consultant, Hajiya Maryam Usman, said that the training would enable the participants to encourage children to enrol for education in schools.
“The essence of this training is to increase school enrolment of children, especially girls, and mentor them on their right to be in school and complete schooling,’’ she said.
Usman noted that the participants were also trained on how to include “Girl for Girl’’ (G4G) activities in their school work plans and how to mentor the girls.
One of the participants, Murtala Kabiru, said that they were trained on the basics of children’s education and how to boost pupils’ enrolment in schools.
“This training has improved our knowledge in practices ways of managing pupils and how to teach them about their right to education and life skills,’’ he added.