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Don advocates more nomadic schools to increase enrolment


[FILES] Students in classroom

To encourage nomadic education, Executive Secretary, Gombe State Universal Basic Education Board, Mr Babaji Babadidi, has canvassed the establishment of more schools to cater for the numerous school-age children in the state.

Babadidi, who described the existing nomadic schools in the state as grossly inadequate said there is an urgent need for additional ones.

Already, the commission boss said there are 93 nomadic schools with 387 staff spread across the 11 councils.

“The number is grossly inadequate considering the fact that Gombe is leading a nomadic education-friendly state for obvious reasons. The current administration in the state is interested in the establishment of additional nomadic schools by 100 per cent to absorb over 90,000 school-age children spread across the various councils.

Executive Secretary, National Commission for Nomadic Education, Prof Bashir Usman, said every stakeholder has a part to play in the affairs of their children’s education.

“Every stakeholder must be involved; it promotes school-community relationships as well as explore best approaches to be adopted in the workshop to ensure smooth implementation of the nomadic education programme.”

He said the workshop is one of the series of carefully planned activities by the commission which are aimed at accelerating the achievement of Education for All (EFA) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) universalisation of access to quality, functional basic education and other educational development benchmarks through enhancing girl’s participation in formal and non-formal education provisions in nomadic communities

Director, Department of Social Mobilisation and Women Development in the commission, Dr Mohammed El-Nafaty, said the exercise was aimed at recognising the role of SBMCs in schools governance and development through effective and efficient management strategies, which involve all stakeholders.

He said the strategy adopted would accelerate the process of out- of- school children especially as it relates to the nomadic education programme.

He said the objective was to increase pupils’ enrolment, attendance and promote the education of a nomadic girl-child.

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