Zamfara’s Universal Basic Education Council on Sunday in Gusau praised UNICEF for launching a back-to-school campaign in the state.
Its chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu, delivered the praise at the end of a two-day media engagement by UNICEF and the board.
The event is aimed at an inclusive and gender-sensitive enrollment drive for the back-to-school campaign in the Maradun and Kaura Namoda local government areas of the state.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that Zamfara is working with the federal government and UNICEF to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in its schools.
Aliyu said the campaign came at the right time as education in the state had suffered setbacks due to COVID-19 and insecurity.
He assured that the board of directors would continue to support the success of the program, saying, “This is in line with the policy of the state government to promote education in the state.
According to him, the campaign of UNICEF and other partners has a significant help in sensitizing parents to send their children to school.
He called on the media to fully participate in raising awareness of the back-to-school campaign.
In her remarks, Hajiya Sa’adatu Abdu-Gusau, director of planning, research and statistics at the Zamfara Ministry of Education, said the meeting aimed to raise awareness of the back-to-school campaign in the state for lifelong learning.
“The meeting also aims to sensitize the government to provide facilities and structures to ensure the safety of every child in schools.
“Our goal is to promote the resilience of the general public and the safe reopening of schools in the midst of emergencies,” she said.
In his remarks, UNICEF consultant Dr Ahmad Hashim also said that media engagement has been organized to address emergency issues affecting education in the face of insecurity in the state.
“In March 2020, UNICEF Nigeria received a Global Partnership for Education grant of $ 40,000 to help ministries of education in 36 states prepare a COVID-19 education strategic framework on continuity of education. learning, ”he said.
NAN also reports that various presenters and stakeholders who spoke at the meeting deliberated on the need for the government to organize measures for the reopening of schools in the state. (NAA)