In its bid to reduce the number of out-of-school children in Nigeria, the Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP), with support from the Malala fund, have finalised moves to enrol no fewer than 11,000 out-of-school children in Adamawa State.
The move presents one bold step to secure the future of Nigerian children as about 13 million children in the country are currently out-of-school.
Making the disclosure Wednesday at a one-day media parley in Yola, the program manager of the fund, Sa’adatu Umar noted that 9,000 beneficiaries will be girl child while 2,000 will be boys.
She noted that the fund has floated human right clubs, in three schools in each of the 21 LGAs, with a view to come up with data to ensure that the right of every child to free and compulsory education as enshrined in the Universal Basic Education Act is achieved.
She punctured the claim by the state government to the effect that it is providing free education, faulting such claims on the alter of collection of PTA levies, sports, practical and home economic fees amounting to over N1,000 across the state.
Umar called on the state government to walk its talk by providing free education at the basic education level which will go a long way in bridging the enrollment gap.
She emphasized the need for monitoring, evaluation and tracking of budgetary allocation in the education as such will lead to provision of quality services and enhance enrollment.
“The parley is inline with education right of the girl child in Nigeria which is aimed at ensuring that state governments take appropriate action to promote free and quality education,” she noted.
The program manager, urged stakeholders to ensure that violence against women which manifest in trafficking, abduction as well as forced marriages is tackled.
Everastus Udo, Consultant and Lawyer, in his presentation, ‘An Overview of the Universal Basic Education Act,’ identified ignorance, early marriage and girl child abuse to some of the challenges responsible for increase in school drop out in the state.
Udo, reiterated the commitment of LEDAP in offering free legal services, especially to the girl child in the state
The state government had introduced free education system early this year, to ensure every child accessed basic education.