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Out of school children: 960 girls enrolled into schools in Adamawa – LSD Director

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No fewer than 960 out-of-school girls have been enrolled back into schools in Adamawa State, Executive Director, African Center for Leadership, Strategy and Development, (Center LSD), Monday Osasah has disclosed.

Osasah who made the revelation during a one day town hall meeting on community led Collective Action for girls education in Adamawa State which took place in Numan, Monday noted that the center needs only forty more enrolments to attain its target of 1000 girl child enrollment in the state.

The one day town hall meeting was organized by Center LSD with support from Malala fund.

The executive director noted that the programme which is coming to an end in February 2022 is a two year project in the state organized by the Center LSD and supported by Malala Fund.

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He said the project was implemented in the three senatorial zones of the state. He noted that Numan LG was selected in Adamawa South, while Song LG was selected in Adamawa Central just as Maiha was selected in Adamawa north senatorial zone respectively.

Osasah added that the rationale behind the priority given to the girl child was in consideration to their vulnerabilities in getting access to education compared to the male child adding that the society is skewed against the girl child interns of opportunities to get education.

Out of school children: 960 girls enrolled into schools in Adamawa – LSD Director

He added that Numan local government benefitted from 320 new enrollments out of the total number of girls that were returned back into schools.

Osasah said the rationale behind the attention being given to the north is due to the fact that out of the number of out-of-school girls, 60 percent are in the north calling for serious action to address the challenge.

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Far reaching measures to ensure enrollment of more girls were taken including house to house campaign, opening of register of out-of-school children by traditional rulers and incorporating the wives of the paramount traditional rulers in the drive to enrol more girls into schools.

In their separate goodwill messages, the chairman of Numan local government, Innocent Koto, Wakili Numan Godwin Philemon and chairman education committee Numan, Pwanedo Jediel all reemphasized the need to get out-of-school girls into schools in order to secure the future generation.

The chairman of Numan Local government who was represented by the secretary of the council, Nagapiya Foreda thanked Center LSD and Malala fund for the excellent work they are doing in promoting the well being of the girl child.

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He promised to communicate the far reaching measures taken to the council chairman expressing confidence that the chairman will act accordingly because of the importance he attached to education.

One of the beneficiary of the Malala fund’s gesture Jael Yoila enrolled in safe space, Imburu, while appreciating the Fund noted that it availed her with a second opportunity to run a fulfilled life after nearly losing hope on life.

She said apart from being enrolled back into school, the fund has provided her with training on various vocations including how to make cake, Vaseline, Shampoo and other products, noting that with such support, she can now pick all her bills.

In the same vein, other beneficiaries took turns to laud the gesture of Malala Fund for charting a new course of life and better future for them.

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US Government Seeks To Equip 300 Nigerian Teachers With Tech Skills

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The United States government exchange alumnae-led organisation, in collaboration with the the country’s Consulate General, has launched a Street to School Initiative.

The initiative is tagged “Re-imagining EducationX 2021: The Teacher on the Move.”

Through this teacher capacity-building workshop, 300 high school teachers from Lagos, Rivers and Enugu states will acquire skills in effective virtual classroom pedagogy, best practices in curriculum development, lesson planning, and innovative 21st century student-centered teaching methods.

This initiative also aims to strengthen digital literacy skills of the participating teachers to enable them to utilise digital tools and platforms more effectively in both classroom and virtual learning environments.

Declaring the workshop open, U.S. Consulate Public Affairs Officer Stephen Ibelli, reiterated the U.S. Mission’s commitment to supporting a more educated population by increasing and strengthening the capacity of Nigerian teachers through teacher training workshops and exchange programs.

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“Education is the key to the success of any nation and Nigeria’s young people are its greatest resources and hopes of producing a more prosperous future for this great country. From the north to the south, from Calabar to Kano, we support educational initiatives like this, and we remain committed to strengthening human capital for inclusive Nigerian economic growth and human development.

“We know you will take advantage of this great opportunity and acquire the requisite skills for providing a quality learning experience for your students,” Ibelli told the Lagos cohort of the workshop comprising 100 high teachers drawn from public and low-cost private high schools in underserved communities.

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Ibelli lauded the CEO of Street to School Initiative, Oluwatosin Olowoyeye-Taiwo, a 2014 alumnus of the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) for her tireless efforts in enhancing quality education in Nigeria.

“U.S. Government exchange alumni members like Ms. Oluwatosin Olowoyeye-Taiwo are at the forefront of promoting access to qualitative education, good governance and civic engagement throughout Nigeria,” Ibelli added.

US Government Seeks To Equip 300 Nigerian Teachers With Tech Skills

As part of the Consulate’s commitment to the success of the workshop, 10 tablets and a laptop were presented to deserving teachers following a competitive selection process. In addition, tablets will be presented to the five top-performing teachers at the completion of the workshop. The teachers will use the devices to continue working with students, updating lesson content, innovating teaching methods, and monitoring learners’ progress.

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In her remarks, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Mrs. Abosede Adelaja, expressed appreciation to the U.S. government and its partners for collaborating to upskill teachers across public and private schools in Lagos. “This workshop will further improve educational outcomes in Lagos,” she added.

The workshop is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund with support from the Public Affairs Section of the U.S Consulate General in Lagos.

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Shehu Zailani Becomes Deputy Provost Bauchi Agric College

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By Najib Sani, Bauchi

A new deputy provost of the Bauchi state college of Agriculture has emerged one year after the seat remained vacant.

The management of the school elected the new deputy provost yesterday in the person of Dr Shehu Zailani Abdulkadir during its 34th meeting.

Until his election, Zailani was the head of department of Animal Health Technology and the immediate past dean of students’ affairs of the school.

He defeated two other candidates including the head of Fisheries Technology department Malam Aminu Garba and head of department of Agricultural Extension Management Dr Briskilla Emefese to emerge as the new deputy provost.

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Our Correspondent reports that Zailani is a PhD holder in veterinary public health and preventive medicine from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.

Bauchi state college of agriculture is a monotechnic Institution established with the objective of promoting food and animals farming through training of students to be professionals agriculturists and extension workers.

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ASUU To NASS: Ban Government Officials From Sending Children To School Abroad

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has asked government officials in President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to withdraw their children from foreign universities and enroll them in Nigeria.

It also called on the National Assembly to initiate a law that makes it compulsory for the public office holders to send their wards to public schools in the country, saying such a step would let the officials know the decay in the public universities.

ASUU President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, gave this charge in Abuja at the reconvened meeting with the federal Government, being conciliated by the Minister of Labour and Employment.

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Speaking before the meeting went into a closed-door, Osodeke said, “We hope that the government will make it mandatory that if you accept a government appointment, your children must attend universities in the country.

“The National Assembly must formulate a law that if you take an appointment, your children must study here. If you know that your children cannot be here, don’t take government appointments.

ASUU To NASS: Ban Government Officials From Sending Children To School Abroad

“When you hear those in the government who send their children to schools abroad say that ASUU goes on strike, they should know that strike is not the problem. The problem is the issues afflicting the universities; nobody is interested in tackling them.

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“Look at the budget we have seen recently, it is exactly the same thing we have been seeing. Nothing has changed. And this country is paying the high price for neglecting education – the banditry you see, the kidnapping and what have you, is because people are not being taken care of.

“That is why ASUU has been struggling, so that Nigerian universities will be revamped, so that as our children go outside for learning, other children from other countries will come here too and pay to this country in hard currency.”

Earlier in his remarks, Ngige assured that the Federal Government would not abandon the public universities in spite of dwindling resources and reiterated the government’s readiness to work with ASUU and others interested in revamping the educational system.

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“ASUU is not asking for things that are impossible. They are not asking that we give them our head or blood. They are interested in getting good working conditions for their members and for the public university system to be conducive for teaching and research,” the minister said.

The meeting is still ongoing as at when filing this report.

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