Save the Children International (SCI) and the Lafiya Project on Tuesday, pledged to support ongoing efforts to improve access to girl education in Kaduna State.
The organisations made the pledge in Kaduna, at a one-day partnership strengthening session with School-Based Management Committees, Parent Teachers Association, media, and persons with disability, on girl education.
The meeting was organised by Kaduna Basic Education Accountability Mechanism (KADBEAM), with support from UK-funded Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL).
Mrs Eunice Victor, Acting State Team Leader, SCI, said that the organisation would collaborate with the government and other actors to provide strategic technical support to girl education in the state.
Victor said that the support would accelerate progress towards ensuring inclusive and quality education as well as promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
“As an organisation, SCI has a strong mandate to ensure that learning is a right to every child and must be empowered to enjoy such right.
“Accordingly, under the framework of our Every Last Child campaign, and our Girls Education Campaign launched in 2018, we are working to ensure that every child has access to quality basic education.
“Specifically, we are collaborating with government to increase access to inclusive education for children and mobilising the public to remove barriers that exclude children, especially girls and those with disabilities,” she said.
She called on the state government to put a system and measures in place to ensure that no girl child was left behind or excluded from the opportunity to access quality primary and secondary education.
The leader reiterated save the children’s commitment to ensuring that girls, especially those with disabilities and from the poorest households, have access to quality education.
Mr Elkana Aliyu, Accountability and Advocacy Coordinator, Lafiya, a UK support for health in Nigeria, described education as a “critical” component of human capital development.
Aliyu pledged the support of the project in improving access to girl child education, as part of efforts to promote human capital development in the state.
He said that the Lafiya project was focusing on three critical components of human capital education – health, education, and labour, adding that education was critical to the success of the project.
Earlier, Mrs Gloria Bulus, Secretary, KADBEAM, an accountability mechanism, co-chaired by e-government and civil society, explained that the meeting was to strengthen partnership to promote girl education.
Also, Mr Abel Adejor, State Team Leader, PERL, explained that the governance and accountability programme was prioritising girls education in its support to Kaduna state.
Adejor said that PERL was supporting the state to strengthen accountability, transparency, and citizens’ engagement in the governance process, with the current focus on improving girls’ access to quality basic education.
culled from Development Diary