The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Katsina State, has deployed 270,000 girl-child to primary schools in the state.
Education Officer-in-charge, UNICEF, Kano Field Office, Mr Michael Banda, disclosed this in an interview on the sideline of a five-day workshop, organised by UNICEF/SUBEB in Katsina on Wednesday.
Banda said the workshop, a Girls Education Project (GEP), will focus on Katsina, Kano, Sokoto, Zamfara, Niger, and Bauchi. Each state is, however, expected to deploy one million girls to school.
“GEP Project is an eight-year programme; it started in 2012 and it will end in 2020 in the mentioned states.
“The objective of the programme is to mobilise and promote access to quality learning for all Girl-Child in the focal states.
“GEP is a project managed by UNICEF, funded by Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO).
“I am impressed with what I have seen on the ground in Katsina state with the mobilisation of 270, 000 Girl-Child to schools,” Banda stated.
Acting Director, Planning and Statistics (PRS), SUBEB, Katsina state, Hajiya Zainab Kaita, disclosed that all hands had been on deck to meet the target in their partnership for the enrolment of the girl-child into schools
“The number of girl-child and that of the boys in most of our schools is now almost the same,” Kaita noted.
The workshop is planned for 59 Head Teachers across the state to enable them to develop the required skills and knowledge of management of education.