By Asma’u Halilu
The Resource Center for Human Rights and Civic Education, CHRICED says it will partner with the media on effective basic education reportage through data driven facts.
The Executive Director, CHRICED, Comrade Ibrahim Zikirullahi stated this at a capacity building workshop for media and Civil Society Organisations, CSOs organised by the Center with support from MacArthur Foundation in Kaduna.
Focus on reportThe Director said the media was expected to have a consistent and persistent focus on reporting data driven issues of the UBE for the purpose of achieving quality basic education.
Represented by the Media and Civic Engagement Associate of the Center, Armsfree Ajanaku explained that the media has a duty to contribute to ensure transparency and accountability around basic education.
“I am convinced that, all journalist who consistently put the focus on the issue of basic education alongside other key governance issues affecting the citizens would carve a niche for themselves as posterity will not forget such commitments to ensuring our citizens have access to quality education.”
Zikirullahi called on all media practitioners to place basic education on the front burner of National discourse to ensure it is not neglected by governments at all levels.
CHRICED mentioned that, it’s baseline survey in Kaduna State on UBE services in Kauru, Kubau and Zaria LGAs clearly pointed out poor performance of pupils and poor learning environment, lack of basic inputs and learning equipment within the basic education system.
The Director said the project in it’s second lap has helped communities find their voices to make accountable demands on UBE projects in their communities.
“One key component of this intervention is the technical support CHRICED is extending to communities in terms of training to empower them track UBE projects in order to ensure quality of delivery.”
Zikirullahi stressed that the major issues driving the project is the need to ensure all resources being poured into the sector achieve their objective of providing quality education for thousands of children in the communities.
He said the tracking was being intensified upon to follow up with various types of projects, including basic inputs like desks, chairs and learning aids.
The workshop which is on Strengthening Accountability in Universal Basic Education in Nigeria drew journalist from different organisations for capacity building on UBE services.