By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Worried by the increased in the number of out-school-children, an NGO, Legal Defence And Assistance Project (LEDAP), on Thursday held training of key education officials and community leaders on the right of children to educational in Kaduna state.
The one day training, according to the state coordinator of the project Mr. Michael Aboh, among other things, to seeks 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 states respectively”, he said.
Accordingly the him, the project is also looking at the rights of basic education of children in Kaduna state especially the girl 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 use to push for the implementation and enforcement of the UBE act in Kaduna State, and therefore involve them as stakeholders for the training.
He said “Edu-Marshal move round communities, checking for out of school and make sure they’re 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’ve done a lot, over time when we worked with them, they’ve really done a lots. 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.
On why the presence of lots of streets children in the state, he said “The Edu-Marshal are under staff and cannot be in all the 23 LGs of the state with so many communities.
“From this training we get to know that they’re looking for volunteers in every communities so as to make up numbers more and be able to go round every communities. We know they can’t do it alone so we’re expecting the community people to partner with them in their communities to help re-enrolled back to school of out of school children”, he added.
Papers were presented on all shapes and rights of children education by resource persons in including Barr. Laura Bismarck, Nanchang, ass well as discussions, questions and answers session, during the program in Kaduna.