The African Centre for Leadership, Strategy, and Development (CentreLSD) and Malala Fund have reiterated the need for the amendment of the Universal Basic Education (UBE) Act in Nigeria.
The development partners made the call while announcing plans to visit critical education and political stakeholders as well as hold media engagement this week in Adamawa State, northeast Nigeria.
CentreLSD, with support from Malala Fund, is implementing a Community-Led Collective Action for Girls Education (C-CAGE) project in the state.
The three-year C-CAGE project is aimed at strengthening systems and cultural norms that encourage girl-child enrolment and retention in public primary and secondary schools in Adamawa’s Song, Numan, and Maiha local government areas (LGA).
Development Diaries had reported that CentreLSD and Malala Fund teamed up to address the root causes of barriers to girl-child education in Adamawa.
The population of out-of-school children in Nigeria is over 10 million, according to a survey conducted by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).
Statistics from the UN agency show that 69 percent of these children are in Nigeria’s northern region, and 60 percent of them are girls.
Through the ongoing C-CAGE project, over 900 girls have been enroled in schools while 16 safe spaces for girls to learn basic numeracy and vocational skills have been established.
A combined total of 63,161 girls in the aforementioned LGAs were out of school at the time the project commenced in 2019, according to CentreLSD.
Meanwhile, the UBE Act amendment bill seeks to extend free and compulsory education from nine to 12 years in Africa’s most populous nation.
It also seeks to ensure an increase in basic education financing and promote gender-responsive learning.
Malala Fund Education Champion, Frances Okeke, in a statement to Development Diaries, stated that the aim of the advocacy visit is to urge the stakeholders to use their influence to support and improve girl-child education in the state.
‘The advocacy visit will also provide a platform for the centre to update the stakeholders about achievements and developments of the project in Adamawa State’, the statement read.
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