AGILE: Over 1,000 Junior, Senior Secondary Schools to be renovated in Bauchi.

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Group Photograph of Stakeholders and participants at the 1-day AGILE Steering Committee meeting in Bauchi. Photo v Abubakar Baba Ahmad

By Abubakar Baba Ahmad.

The Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment, AGILE Project in Bauchi State says it will renovate over one thousand junior and senior secondary schools as well as construct 42 brand new ones towards ensuring a safe, inclusive and accessible learning spaces for students.

The State Commissioner of Education Dr Jamila Muhammad Dahiru gave the indication at a 1-day Orientation meeting for the AGILE Steering Committee held at Chartwell Hotel in Bauchi.

Dr Jamila Dahiru who is the Chairperson of the Steering Committee said the project adopted an all encompassing model for the construction and comprehensive renovations which would accommodate the needs of all segment of students both females, males and those with special needs to ensure a conducive and inclusive learning environment.

“The project boasts three key components, each designed to tackle specific challenges faced by adolescent girls in accessing and completing secondary education”.
“AGILE focuses on creating safe and accessible learning spaces consisting of construction of 42 brand new junior and senior secondary schools and additionally, 1,003 Senior Secondary and Junior Secondary Schools will undergo comprehensive renovations, ensuring a conducive and inclusive learning environment for students in all our existing upper basic schools”, the Commissioner highlights.

She said the project which aims to address financial barriers to education through the Girls’ Scholarship Program GSP, will directly support the poorest households, thereby removing the financial burden of sending girls to school and promoting equitable access to education by providing uniforms, books and other stationary materials.

While dispelling insinuations about hidden religious and cultural agenda beneath the project, the Commissioner noted that the AGILE was conceived based on the recommendations and inputs of religious and traditional leaders.

“I urge all stakeholders to actively participate and contribute their expertise. Let us work together, united in our purpose, to ensure that our children in Bauchi State have the opportunity to reach their full potential and contribute meaningfully to the development of our dear state and the nation at large”, she appeals.

Presenting the Project overview, the State Project Coordinator, and Director Planning, Research and Statistics Ministry of Education Alhaji Ali Sule Gar said AGILE aims to tackle education demand-side constraints that hinders girls from attending schools through strategic communication campaigns, advocacy efforts, and engagement with traditional rulers.

Alhaji Ali Gar who said the initiatives would bring awareness about the importance of girls’ education, dispel myths and misconceptions, further noted that the steering committee will provide guidance, approve work plans, monitor the project progress and address challenges that may arise.

On his part, the Chairman State Education Committee and Emir of Bauchi Dr Rilwanu Sulaiman Adamu represented by the Galadiman Bauchi Surveyor Saidu Ibrahim Jahun underscored the need for cooperation, financial prudence and continued sensitisation about the project to ensure success.

In various goodwill messages, the Heads and representatives of various education MDAs, Higher Institutions, Professional Bodies, NGOs, CSOs, FBOs and Trade Unions promised to actively participate and contribute to the success of the project.

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