UNICEF Chief of Field Office Borno state Phuong Nguyen at an event to celebrate the International Day of Education in Maiduguri
By Dauda Iliya
A former speaker Borno State House of Assembly, Honourable Musa Kubo has called for active participation of people at the community level to ensure children have access to education.
Honourable Kubo, who is also a one time commissioner for Education made the call at an event to commemorate the 2024 International Day of Education in Maiduguri.
He stressed the need for the reorientation of some parents especially at the rural level to allow their children enrol in to schools, describing education as a catalyst for development.
The former Speaker also called on humanitarian and development partners to invest more in education at the rural communities to achieve sustainable growth.
The United Nations Children Education Fund UNICEF Chief of Field Office, Phuong Nguyen advocated for increase education financing and training of teachers to improve the standard of education in the North East region.
Nguyen said more than half of displaced children in the region are out of school, while less than forty percent of schools in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states have teachers with minimum level of teaching qualification.
“Stakeholders, from government to humanitarian partners, must increase education financing, we must make sizeable and sustainable investment in teachers’ recruitment and training; school infrastructure and security ” Nguyen said.
She added that UNICEF with the support partners such as Education Cannot Wait have made huge strides in the provision of quality, inclusive education for children affected by Boko Haram conflict.
The event also featured the grand finale of the Spelling Bee and Mathematics competition among public junior secondary schools in Mafa, Jere and Maiduguri metropolis.
At the end of the competition, Chad Basin junior secondary school in Jere Local government emerged winner defeating two other schools.