1 GAME kick-starts Campaign on School Enrolment in Yobe
After an earlier postponement resulting from the deadly attack on students at the College of Agriculture, Gujba, by Islamist militants operating in the North-East region, the 1 GAME Campaign at the weekend began a State Campaign on School Enrolment aimed at tackling the challenges of school enrolment in Yobe State.
Speaking at the commencement of the programme in Damaturu, the Yobe State Capital, Project Development Coordinator, 1 GAME Campaign, Agafi Kunduli, explained the essence of having a campaign on school enrolment at a time like this.
Kunduli said that the campaign which is a replica of those held in Gombe and Borno States is aimed at encouraging enrolment of children into schools, especially Almajiris in the State.
“We want to cut illiteracy level in the North-East region to the lowest level. Our objective is to ensure that every Nigerian child has access to education which is the greatest tool we can use to defeat violence and ignorance.
“This is the same state that in recent months has seen hundreds of innocent people killed by militants who campaign against what we have come here to do. But if we get all of our children in school, the militants will have no child to recruit, and the killings would stop.
“Just as we are doing in Borno and Gombe States, we are getting everyone here in Yobe involved. Political leaders, community leaders, women leaders, youths and village heads will all play vital roles. We want to see every child in school and learning,” he said.
As it was the case in Gombe, the campaign in Yobe State will involve airing of promotional messages on enrolment in the electronic media, advocacy visits to traditional, religious, community, women and youth leaders, town hall meetings and a Door-to Door Campaign for school enrolment.
The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) estimates that over 220,745 children of school age in Yobe State roam the streets as beggars without access to education. Only Taraba with 63,168, Adamawa with 141,951 and Gombe with 123,923 have lesser amount of street children among states in the North-East region than Yobe.
Non-school attendance is highest among North-Eastern states with only 49% of school age boys and 37% of girls of the same age attending school.