Bauchi SUBEB to return 73,000 girls, almajiri boys to formal education

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Rukayat Akanbi, Bauchi

The Bauchi State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) has said it would enroll over 73,000 children –including girls and almajiri boys in the state into formal education, while it said 3,000 teachers have been engaged.

The Executive Chairman, SUBEB, Dr. Abubakar Dahiru said this while flagging off instructional materials to almajiri schools also known as ‘Tsangaya schools’ and girl child learning centres in the state on Thursday.

Abubakar who performed the distribution at Gudum Hausawa village of Bauchi local government of the state explained that the project was supported by World Bank and federal government under the Better Education Service Delivery (BESDA).

He said the project is aimed at supporting out-of-schools children, almajiris and girls who hawk on the streets to access basic modern education like other citizens.

The Chairman noted that under the programme, the almajiris and girls who hawk would be taught the basic subjects such as English, arithmetics etc in their mother tongue.

Abubakar added that the pupils under the scheme would be taught modern subjects on two days of the week only in the centres so that their qur’anic studies and businesses would not be disrupted.

He said: “It is a World Bank and Federal Government of Nigeria programme aimed at mopping in out-of-school children in 17 states of the federation.

“Bauchi is one of the states that have over 1.3 million out-of-school children, with the support of Governor Bala Mohammed, we have reached advanced stages as part of our effort to reduce the number of out-of-school children in the state.This year, our target focusses on tsangaya pupils and girl child,” he said.

He noted that the board has carried out community engagement exercises through sensitisation programmes and visitations to emirs, Tsangaya schools, identification of tsangaya schools and bio data capture of male and female children to benefit from the gesture.

“Today, we flagged off the distribution of learning materials and about 2,000 teachers will be engaged to train the pupils. In sha Allah under the programme, benefitted centers will be assisted with customised and non-customised mats. Boreholes and toilets will be constructed in some of the centers while feeding will be provided to all the centers gradually,” Abubakar said.