From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The Nasarawa State Government is partnering the World Bank to help parents whose finances are not enough to send their children to schools.
The State Commissioner for Education, Dr John Mamman, disclosed this on Wednesday at the end of a 2-day advocacy workshop on Education, Healthcare and Gender Inequality, held in Lafia the state capital.
According to him, taking out-of-school children back to the classes had been a top priority of the State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, and assured that in the coming months, the issue of having uneducated children on the streets would be drastically reduced if not completely eliminated.
“The State Government agreed to partner with the World Bank in two educational sectors; Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Bilingual Education to cater for the out-of-school children in the state.
“The partnership is to see how we can take those children roaming round the streets back to school. And we agreed to run it as Boarding schools because it would be easier for us than Day schools,” he added.
On her part, the Chief Executive Officer of Africa Human Capital Development Plus, Finda Koroma, commended the Nasarawa State government for its numerous programmes rolled out to support the less privileged people of the state.
She further assured of the Africa HCD Plus commitment to continue to give maximum support to the state’s Human Capital Development Agency in order to lift many residents of the state from poverty.
Koroma said, “I am really impressed by what is happening in Nasarawa State because they have taken the lead in establishing a stand-alone Human Capital Development Agency.
“They have indicators and targets to meet that is why we are here to work with them (Nasarawa HCD) in ensuring that through data analysis and management, through training and capacity building, they can meet their targets and indicators, so that the impact they are making will be greater.”
Earlier in her welcome address, the Director General of the Nasarawa State Human Capital Development Agency, Habiba Balarabe-Suleiman mentioned the six thematic areas of the state’s HCD Agency to include Health and Nutrition; Education; Labour Force Participation; Youth; Social Development; and Local Government Community Development.
The DG also mentioned that the workshop’s goals were to tackle the intricate problems related to Human Capital Development, manage policy environments, involve a range of stakeholders, and encourage inclusivity in development endeavours.
She acknowledged the assistance of Dr Emmanuel Akabe, the Deputy Governor of the State and Chairman of the Agency, in making the programme a success.
The Voice reports that the workshop which was organised by the state’s Human Capital Development Agency in collaboration with Africa Human Capital Development Plus, had stakeholders from across the 13 local government areas of the state in attendance.
It also featured expert presentations, hands-on group exercises and open discussions, among others.