From Ahmed Idris Birnin Kebbi
The implementation of Cash Transfer Programme in sokoto State has reduced the girl child labour and increased the enrolment of girls in schools in Goronyo Local Government Area of sokoto State.
The programme which was introduced in the northern part of the country by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), was fully implemented in Sokoto and Niger States with the aim to complement the government’s effort in promoting girls child education.
A visit by team of media in collaboration with the UNICEF leaders to the New Rimawa Mordern Primary School in Goronyo Local Government Area of Sokoto State showed that, the programme has reduced the girls child labour in Goronyo Local government area of Sokoto State, and also increased the number of girls enrolled in the schools, despite their seating on the floor.
Fielding questions from the newsmen yesterday, the Headmaster of the school Mallam Yusuf Abubakar who expressed satisfaction over the development made in the school, described the CTP initiated by the UNICEF as a welcome idea adding that it also reduced the girl child hawkers in the society and help the parents by enrolling their girls in school.
He explained further that before the coming of the programme, the school which have primary 1 to3 with the total number of 30 girls while boys 15 in primary three but now with the coming of the programme the class three has 75 girls while 50 boys while in primary two the before the programme the girls are 56 while boys are 25 but now the girls number are 60 while boys are 54 number.
Abubakar, who said that the school which was established in 1970 has been neglected by the state government, lamented that the school has faced so many challenges such as teachers, chairs and renovation as well as stationeries.
“We have only 10 teachers, two female and eight male and is only three teachers with NCE while the remaining once are with grade 11 certificate, we do get support from school Base management committee, now the total number of girls enrolment have increased to 525 compared to 102” he added.
Responding, the Education Specialist at the UNICEF Abuja Mrs Azueka Menkiti, commended the effort of the Sokoto State Government for the implementation of the programme, urged other states to also copy the same gesture from the Sokoto state government and ensure full implementation.