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LEDAP trains key education officials, others on rights of children education in Kaduna

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Worried by the increase in the numbers of out-school-children, an NGO, ‘Legal Defence and Assistance Project’ (LEDAP), on Thursday held a training of key education officials and community leaders on the educational rights of children in Kaduna State.

The one-day training, according to the state coordinator of the project, Mr. Michael Aboh, among other things, sought to look at the enrollment, retainment and completion of basic education for children in the state.

Funded by Malala Fund, the project is also looking at the implementation of the Universal Basic Act (UBE) that has been accepted nationwide and domesticated in most states.

His words: “LEDAP seeks to look at enrollment, retainment and completion of basic education for children, looking at the implementation of the Universal Basic Act that has been accepted nationwide and domesticated in most state. 

“The project is working in four northern states of Kaduna, Kano, Bauchi and Nasarawa, respectively,” he said, adding that, “The project is also looking at the rights of basic education of children in Kaduna State especially girls child.

“Participants were drawn from key stakeholders like ministry of education, Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board (KADSUBEB), Edu-Marshal, Ministry of Justice, Social Services and Human Development, Community Leaders and Community Persons,” he said.

Mr. Aboh explained that, the project believed that the over 50 male and female participants from all these MDAs can be used to push for the implementation and enforcement of the UBE Act in Kaduna State and, therefore, involved them as stakeholders for the training.

He said, “Edu-Marshal moves round communities, checking for out-of-school children and makes sure they are re-enrolled back into the school. For us, this is one of the priorities of the project – to make sure that no child is left out of school. 

“They have done a lot. Over time, when we worked with them, they’ve really done a lot; and I wish we would have a better training to put them in the know of how they can go about their job and also support them to see that they re-enrolled out-of-school children back to school,” Mr. Aboh stated. 

On why the presence of lots of streets children in the state, he said, “The Edu-Marshal are under-staffed and cannot be in all the 23 LGs of the state with so many communities. 

“From this training, we get to know that they are looking for volunteers in every community so as to make up numbers more and be able to go round every community. We know they can’t do it alone; so, we are expecting the community people to partner with them in their communities to help re-enroll back to school of out-of-school children,” he added.

Papers were presented on all shapes and rights of children education by resource persons, including Barrister Laura Bismarck, Nanchang, as well as discussions, question-and-answer sessions during the program in Kaduna.

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