The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration with Nasarawa State Government has begun going back to school campaigns in the state in Nasarawa State.
Officials of the state government and UNICEF began the campaign in Lafia when they engage in media dialogue with Chief Executive and Correspondents on ‘Back to School Campaign and School Safety’ in the state.
Mohammed Bala Sani, Permanent Secretary (PS), in the ministry of Education Science and Technology who speaking at the media dialogue at the Ministry said the government with UNICEF would partner with the media to achieve the objectives of the campaign.
He explained that the campaign was in line with the priority of the Governor Abdullahi Sule-led administration to improve school enrolment of children, especially in rural communities.
Similarly, Musa Dan’Azumi, Chairman, Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) represented by Dr Ibrahim Eshin, Director of Academic Services in the board expressed readiness to partner the media in creating awareness.
The SUBEB Chairman added that already the government through the board has provided befitting structures and teaching materials in most public junior secondary and primary schools.
He added that under the back-to-school and safe school campaigns, they are currently working in two Local Government Areas (LGAs) with plans to extend it to other 11 LGAs in the state.
“We are currently working with traditional and religious leaders as well as other stakeholders in Lafia and Nasarawa LGA to ensure that all children are back to school irrespective of their social status,” the SUBEB Chairman added.
Zachary Adam, Chief UNICEF Kaduna Field Office in his good massage said they are currently partnering with governments of four states in the North-Central toward ensuring zero out-of-school-related cases.
Zachary said UNICEF is partnering with Kaduna, Niger, Kwara and Nasarawa States Governments on the back-to-school and safe school campaigns.
On his part, Mr Francis Mador-Elisha, Education Officer, UNICEF Kaduna Office said the collaboration was aimed at building collective responsibility and support on back-to-school campaigns and school safety in the state.
He also appealed to media practitioners and executives to support the campaign through reportage and programmes with a view of improving the enrolment of out-of-school children.