Basic Education stakeholders converge on Bauchi to discuss challenges of Girlchild transition to junior secondary school.

By Abubakar Baba Ahmad.

Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC says it has established All Girls Model Schools across the country towards addressing gender disparity and to ensure their completion of basic education.

The Executive Secretary UBEC Dr Hameed Bobboyi gave the indication during the opening of a two day Regional Consultative meeting with adolescent girls from eight states on challenges of transition to junior secondary schools in Nigeria held in Bauchi.

The participating states are Bauchi, Gombe, Plateau, Adamawa, Yobe, Borno, Taraba and Nassarawa.

The meeting organised by UBEC in partnership with UNICEF and Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office FCDO seeks to explore the root causes of girls’ inability to complete primary and transit to the JSS component of the basic education.

Dr Hameed Bobboyi represented by the Northeast Zonal Director of the Commission Abdullahi Jarma said the model initiative is already yielded positive results as enrollees are completing basic education in such facilities ,thereby providing a befitting mode, for States to replicate.

The representative of UNICEF at the meeting, Saleh Muhammad who said it is a requirement by the fund that children especially girlchild complete basic education level, disclosed that three girls were selected from each of the participating states.

On his part, the Minister of Education Malam Adamu Adamu represented by an official in the ministry Dr Bridget Ikwegu who acknowledged the efforts made at increasing girls’ enrolment in schools, and the existing gap in terms of transition and completion, stressed the need for their engagement in the discussion circle.

Also Speaking, the Executive Chairman Bauchi SUBEB Dr Surunbai Sheikh Dahiru represented by Permanent Commissioner one Idris Ahmad Hardawa who appreciated UBEC and other partners for their strides in the sub sector, advised the girls to aspire to any level of decision making for societal development.

In an interview with Radio Nigeria, the Program Team Lead Barrister Suwaiba Barau said the inputs from the girls would be collected for onward presentation to policy formulators towards addressing the transition to higher level of education.

The meeting which has in attendance twenty four girls were accompanied by Supervisors to guide and ensure their safety during the two day engagement.

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