By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
No fewer than 960 out-of-school girls have been enrolled back into schools in Adamawa State, Executive Director, African Center for Leadership, Strategy and Development (Center LSD), Monday Osasah has disclosed.
Osasah who made the revelation during a one-day town hall meeting on community-led collective action for girls education in Adamawa State which took place in Numan on Monday, noted that the center needs only 40 more enrolments to attain its target of 1,000 girl-child enrollment in the state.
The one-day town hall meeting was organized by Center LSD with support from Malala fund.
The executive director noted that the programme which is coming to an end in February 2022 is a two-year project in the state.
He said the project was implemented in the three senatorial zones of the state.
Osasah noted that Numan LG was selected in Adamawa South, while Song LG was selected in Adamawa Central just as Maiha was selected in Adamawa North Senatorial Zone respectively.
He added that the rationale behind the priority given to the girl-child was in consideration of their vulnerability in getting access to education compared to the male child adding that the society is skewed against the girl-child in terns of opportunities to get education.
He added that Numan Local Government Area benefitted from 320 new enrollments out of the total number of girls that were returned back to schools.
Osasah said the rationale behind the attention being given to the North is due to the fact that out of the number of out-of-school girls, 60 per cent are in the North, calling for serious action to address the challenge.
Far reaching measures to ensure enrollment of more girls were taken including house-to-house campaign, opening of register of out-of-school children by traditional rulers and incorporating their wives in the drive to enrol more girls into schools.
In their separate goodwill messages, the chairman of Numan Local Government Area, Innocent Koto, Wakili Numan, Godwin Philemon and chairman education committee Numan, Pwanedo Jediel all reemphasized the need to get out-of-school girls into schools in order to secure the future generation.
The chairman of Numan Local government who was represented by the secretary of the council, Nagapiya Foreda thanked Center LSD and Malala fund for the excellent work they are doing in promoting the well being of the girl child.
He promised to communicate the far reaching measures taken to the council chairman, expressing confidence that he will act accordingly because of the importance he attaches to education.
One of the Beneficiaries of the Malala Fund’s gesture, Jael Yoila enrolled in Safe Space, Imburu, while appreciating the fund, noted that it availed her a second opportunity to run a fulfilled life after nearly losing hope on life.
She said that apart from being enrolled back into school, the fund has provided her with training on various vocations including how to make cake, petroleum jelly, shampoo and other products, noting that with such support, she can now pick all her bills.
In the same vein, other beneficiaries took turns to laud the gesture of Malala Fund for charting a new course and better future for them.