Minister Stresses Urgency In Reintegrating Nigeria’s Unenrolled Children

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During a gathering in Yola, Minister of State for Education, Yusuf Sununu, highlighted the imperative to retrieve and maintain Nigeria’s out-of-school children within educational systems. This endeavor, aims at fostering a more cohesive society.

At the launch of the National Campaign on Out-of-school Children 2024, encompassing four Nigerian geo-political zones, Sununu, represented by Joy Onoja, Federal Ministry’s Deputy Director of Basic Education, underscored the persisting denial of educational rights for numerous children in the country. He attributed this to socio-cultural and economic complexities, compounded by the global COVID-19 crisis.

Citing the Nigeria Education Sector Road Map for Renewed Hope 2023 to 2027, Sununu noted the nation’s continued struggle with the high rate of unenrolled children. Consequently, the Federal Government is fervently fostering an inclusive learning environment to empower every child to contribute meaningfully to society.

Assuring proactive measures, Sununu pledged the identification and enrollment of such children in both formal and informal educational settings near their residences, coupled with the provision of necessary learning materials.

Furthermore, he urged collective efforts from stakeholders, philanthropists, and individuals to support underprivileged children; facilitating their participation in various vocations to enhance societal stability.

Echoing this sentiment, Dr Umar Pella, Adamawa’s Commissioner for Education, reaffirmed the state government’s unwavering commitment to universal education access. He stressed the pivotal role of the ongoing campaign in raising awareness and mobilising communities to uphold children’s right to education.

Highlighting the gravity of the issue, Pella underscored the alarming rise of unenrolled children, particularly in Northern Nigeria, posing a potential societal threat. He urged parents to capitalise on free education initiatives; ensuring the enrolment of school-aged children irrespective of their socio-economic backgrounds. Moreover, he emphasised strict enforcement of education laws to prosecute offenders, safeguarding children’s future and societal well-being.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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