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Jigawa approves 10 junior secondary schools for nomads

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Jigawa State Government has approved the establishment of 10 nomadic junior secondary schools in the state. It also approved the conversion of 10 incubation centres to veterinary clinics, and introduction of 150 adult Islamiyya classes for nomads.

This was revealed to The Guardian yesterday by the Executive Secretary, Agency for Nomadic Education, Ramatu Mohammed, in her Dutse office.

The gesture, the first of its kind in the country, was a collaboration of the Ministry of Health, Directorate of Empowerment, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Water Resources, and the state’s Islamic Education Bureau.

She said: “Our commitment to this viable venture is for us to provide the teachers and supply necessary working tools, in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, while the Directorate of Empowerment is expected to provide an enabling environment for skill acquisition centres that will train adult nomads for self-reliance.”

According to Mohammed, the centres will be formed in various Fulani grazing reserves in select councils, such as Gagarawa, Kiyawa, Guri and Kiri-Kasamma, as a pilot scheme, with the intention of extending the gesture to other councils.

Under the new concept, educational centres, veterinary mobile clinics, among other useful social infrastructure, will be sited in 21 identified settlements for western and Islamic education, as well as vocational training for the betterment of the Fulani.

On the achievements of the agency in 2020, she noted: “We renovated seven nomadic primary schools across the state, in addition to the provision of 8,000 sets of uniforms, 8,000 pairs of sandals, 8,000 school bags and other instructional materials in most of our nomadic schools.

“Similarly, we procured and distributed over 1,000 three-seaters and 4,000 mats in most of our nomadic schools.” She commended Governor Muhammad Abubakar for his continued support of the agency’s activities.

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