Nigeria to establish Cluster Learning Centres 

By Temitope Mustapha, Abuja

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The Nigerian government says all is set to establish Cluster Learning Centres for Girls in the North, to reduce 60 percent of out of school children.

The government through the Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC, says the initiative is part of its commitment to addressing and paving way for improved and inclusive basic education delivery across the country.

At a two roundtable convened for the development of a framework for the proposed centres, the UBEC Executive Secretary, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi talked about the importance of developing a framework as an additional incentive towards tackling challenges associated with the out-of-school challenge.

He pledged government’s readiness to ”continue to implement programmes that would increase access and ensure equity, especially for the girl child.”

Renewed calls
Dr Bobboyi stressed that the roundtable came on the heels of renewed calls for strategic focus on the education of the girl-child, saying that it is part of UBEC’s drive towards ensuring increased access and quality of basic education for the girl-child especially in the Northern States.

The UBEC Director of Special Programmes, Alhaji Hassan Umar represented the Executive Secretary.

On the need to institute the remedial interventions, participants said that the challenge of out-of-school children was a recurring decimal with the girl-child bearing the larger brunt of the challenge, hence the need to institute remedial interventions for the girl-child as part of UBEC’s efforts at addressing the out-of school menace.

Taking steps
They stated that government and its allies as well as basic education stakeholders should take concrete steps towards addressing the issues which hinder girls and other vulnerable groups from accessing quality basic education.

The participants urged states to scale up strategies and approaches that focus on the acquisition of literacy, numeracy and importantly the acquisition of relevant skills.

The roundtable was being convened as part of measures geared towards addressing the menace of out-of-school girls which contribute to the poverty, hunger and disease in the communities.

Notable female scholars led by Professor Binta Abdul of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) involved in gender advocacy including Human Development Foundation of Nigeria (HDFN) and Federation of Muslim Women Association (FOMWAN), UBEC Management Staff, representatives of the traditional institution, all participated at the event held at Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Conference Centre, Kaduna, Kaduna State. The roundtable is expected to among others, articulate the concept of Cluster Community Learning Centers for Girls (CCLCGs) in the Nigeria context.

The roundtable is expected to among others, articulate the concept of Cluster Community Learning Centers for Girls (CCLCGs) in the Nigeria context.