Katsina state government has concluded plans to partner the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to boost enrolment of Out-of-School Children (OSC), particularly the girl-child.
Reports of substantial number of OSC in Nigeria, especially in the northern part of the country, prompted the partnership.
The state government announced that it has concluded plans with UNICEF to commence an extensive school enrollment drive campaign across the 34 council areas of the state.
The campaign exercise, which is to streamline OSC into basic education system, is expected to commence this week.
Secretary of the Enrolment Drive Campaign Committee, Mohammed Zulkifulu, said the exercise would involve stakeholders in the council areas, including parents and guardians, community, traditional and religious leaders, as well as non-governmental organisations.
Zulikifulu, who is also Director, Social Mobiliser, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), said the “essence of the enrollment drive campaign is to sensitise parents and guardians among other stakeholders on importance of enroling their children into school.
He said objective of the exercise includes “streamlining OSC into basic education system, and promoting equity in basic education delivery through enrolment of girls and other disadvantaged groups.”