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Published On: Tue, Sep 23rd, 2014

Sokoto: UNICEF supports 10,700 girls on child-education

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UNICEFFrom Raji Bello, Sokoto

The United Nation’s International Children Development Fund (UNICEF) and the Department for International Development (DFID), yesterday inaugurated its 2014/2015 Enrolment Drive Campaign, Cash Transfer Programme and Disbursement of Cash, with  no fewer than 10, 700 girls in Sokoto state benefitting.

The programme, according to the Head UNICEF office, North West and North Central, Mr. Utbal Moitra was designed to assist girl child get education as a reliable platform towards contributing their quota to the society.

In his address, Moitra explained that Girl-education would not doubt ensure social security adding that “an educated lady stand a chance of raising a healthier, economically stable and emotionally sound family.”

Speaking earlier, the state governor, Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko noted that the girl-child education project which started in the state since 2005 had made great impact in terms of enrolment, retention, transition as well as completion of basic education both in the formal and informal sector, despite the initial restriction to only six local governments.

Wamakko who was represented by the state commissioner for education, Alhaji Bello Yusuf Danchadi stated that, the current administration had keyed into the project of the development partners hence the adoption of diverse strategies to identify and address challenges in the development of girls’ education in the state.

Among the strategies according to Wamakko, include, safety, provision of role model female teachers through Female Teachers Trainee Scholarship Scheme (FTTSS), improving teachers’ capacity through Professional Development among others.

The governor further revealed that, his administration spent no fewer than 2.8bn to renovate, construct classrooms, and provide both furniture and instructional materials in the state for 2013/2104.

Responding to the gesture, a beneficiary, Atika Adamu who happens to be a widow with three children to cater for said, the programme would empower her to send her children to school.

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