UNICEF identifies 544,951 children out of school in Adamawa state

The United Nations Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF), working in Adamawa State tracked the out of faculty children.

Five hundred and forty-four thousand, nine hundred and fifty-one (544,951) out of faculty children are tracked and about 94 per cent of them (514,743) returned to high school in Adamawa State, northeast Nigeria.

It said the organisation has partnered with the Adamawa government within the education sector over the years and it had yielded positive results.

Bhanu Pathak, UNICEF Chief of Field Office, Bauchi, who spoke at the ceremony to mark the commencement of reconstruction and rehabilitation of 80 schools in Adamawa State, said the 544,951 out of faculty children were tracked in five LGAs, and 94 per cent of the them successfully returned to high school.

Speaking at the occasion held in Fufore, headquarters of Fufore government Area of the State yesterday, the UNICEF Chief of office added that
over 599,417 additional children were enrolled into school as a results of enrolment drive in camps and host communities across the State.

Today, we are witnessing another important flag-off of project on renovation and reconstruction of 80 schools in Fufore and Guyuk LGAs before the top of 2020,” Pathak said.

“Another set of faculties would be considered in additional four LGAs ultimately, to contribute to quality education within the state,” he added.

According to him, the renovation and reconstruction of the faculties was under the KFW project funded by German Government through UNICEF.

He urged the government to release the N200 million counterpart funding for the implementation of all basic education intervention within the State for 2020.

Also speaking, governor Ahmadu Fintiri thanked UNICEF for its efforts in ensuring that children within the State were supported to urge basic and quality education.

Fintiri said that the big task before his administration was to make sure that basic education was made available to each child within the State.

“I am delighted to listen to the report of the Chairman of the board and that i want to use this chance to thank UNICEF and development partners on Basic Education within the State, including the Universal Basic Education Board for sponsoring a number of these laudable projects.

“Our greatest asset is that the children and educating them properly is that the surest thanks to preserve the asset.” He said.

He assured UNICEF that the government will do everything possible to ascertain that it fulfilled its part within the nurturing of youngsters through the education drive by ensuring the immediate release of its counterpart fund.

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