UNICEF adopts TARL to improve learning in Borno.
By Abdullahi Gambo
United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) says it adopted Teaching at the Right Level (TARL) initiative to improve learning activities in Borno State.
UNICEF’s Borno State TARL Coordinator, Umar Malam Lawal stated this at an event organised by UNICEF to commemorate 2023 International day of Education in two (2) Primary Schools of Yerwa Central Primary School and Lamisula Primary School both of Maiduguri Metropolitan.
Umar Malam Lawal explained that they deployed the initiative to achieved a literacy and numeracy among Primary four, five and six Students which the UNICEF observed with dismay of the inability of Students at that level which in turn encountered difficulties in their Junior Secondary Schools.
Teaching at the Right Level Coordinator Borno State added that since the commencement of this Programme months earlier, they have improved which the government have also key in and that they have targeted about eighty seven thousand (87,000) Children across the State.
UNICEF’s Education Specialist Borno, Dr Yusuf Ismail stressed that Northern Nigerian and indeed Borno and other States affected by Insurgency were in learning crisis which more than seventy (70) percent of the Students leaving Primary Schools without basic foundational literacy and numeracy.
Dr Yusuf Ismail said UNICEF trained over one thousand (1000) Teachers across Borno State which also goes along strategy at supporting learning as showed by findings as another that will improve education at Primary level.
He added that the UNICEF has scale up these interventions to more than five hundred and thirty six (536) Schools across Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States and improve learning of more than two hundred and seventy thousands (270,000) Students in the Northeastern States.
Head Teacher Lamisula School, Mohammed Saleh commended UNICEF for the intervention and affirmed that literacy and numeracy level of the beneficiary Students have changed the quality of the entry level at the Junior Secondary School.
The theme for this year’s International Day of Education “to invest in People, priorities education.