UNICEF, Nasarawa partner on school safety

UNICEF, Nasarawa partner on school safety

Following the COVID-19 experience that increased the number of out-of-school children in the country, the United Nations Children’s Fund has partnered the Nasarawa State Universal Basic Education Board to ensure that students return to school in a safe and secure environment.

Education Officer of UNICEF in charge of Nasarawa, Kaduna, Niger and Kwara states, Francis Elisha, stated this on Thursday in Lafia during a media dialogue with journalists and staff of the state ministry of education.

He explained that the COVID-19 pandemic affected the economy of the country in no small measure which led to the loss of jobs of many parents, thereby making their children unable to continue with their educational pursuit.

Elisha said that the partnership between UNICEF and Nasarawa state government was going to bridge the gap as they were ready to support the state to ensure that every child gets the opportunity to be educated.

“The aim of this partnership is to ensure that every child in this state who deserves to go to school is not deprived of the opportunity to be educated. So many children in both the urban and rural areas are out of school because their parents cannot afford to send them back to school after the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We feel it is important we come up with policies and programmes that will help children get back to school and secure their environments against every form of danger so that they can concentrate on their studies and become great people in future”, he added.

Responding, Chairman of SUBEB, Muhammed Dan’azimi, who was represented by the Director of Academic Services of the board, Ibrahim Eshi, thanked UNICEF for the partnership, assuring that the state government would do everything within its powers to ensure that the aims and objectives of the programme was achieved.


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