Following the COVID-19 experience that increased the number of out-of-school children in the country, the United Nations Children’s Fund partnered with the Universal Basic Education Council of the State of Nasarawa to ensure that students return to school in a safe and secure environment.
UNICEF education officer in charge of Nasarawa, Kaduna, Niger and Kwara states Francis Elisha told Lafia on Thursday during a media dialogue with journalists and ministry staff. State education.
He explained that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the country’s economy to a large extent, resulting in the loss of jobs for many parents, preventing their children from continuing their education.
Elisha said the partnership between UNICEF and the Nasarawa state government will bridge the gap as they stand ready to support the state to ensure every child has the opportunity to attend school.
“The goal of this partnership is to ensure that every child in this state who deserves to go to school is not deprived of the opportunity to attend school. So many children in urban and rural areas are out of school because their parents cannot afford to send them back to school after the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We believe it is important to come up with policies and programs that will help children return to school and protect their environment from all forms of harm so that they can focus on their studies and become great people. in the future, ”he added.
In response, SUBEB President Muhammed Dan’azimi, who was represented by the council’s director of academic services, Ibrahim Eshi, thanked UNICEF for the partnership, assuring that the state government would do whatever is necessary. within its power to ensure that the objectives and objectives of the program have been achieved.