The Nigerian government says it is investing a total sum of 2.78billion naira in School Based Management Intervention programme in 2,505 basic schools across the country.
The Director of Social Mobilisation of the Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC, Bello Kagara, made this known in Kano State, Northwest Nigeria, during a two day Media dialogue organised by UNICEF on School Based Management Intervention and Integrated Quranic Tsangaya Education.
Kagara hinted that the government through the Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC, is partnering with School Based Management Committee SBMC to invest funds and support developmental projects.
The UBEC Director pointed out that stakeholders participation remains the modern approach to addressing the challenge of increasing Out Of School children and other problems facing Basic Education in Nigeria.
Kagara pointed that SBMC are the closest structure to engaging community leaders, traditional and religious leaders in developing basic education in the country.
He emphasized the need to prioritize the engagement with communities hosting the schools, describing them as better machinery to perform function of Supervision of education projects and ensuring compliance of policies in basic schools.
According to him, “SBMC provides the linkage between the government and the community leaders, religious leaders following their ability to reach out to these people.
“SBMC are set up to ensure the success of community participation in basic and secondary education”.
Kagara stressed that UBEC is working towards addressing critical areas of access and quality hence the need to support the community.
”Population is eating up deep into the society, participation of key actors in the Nigerian basic education level is weak, funding is also a major challenge, we are therefore targeting the stakeholders participation in education to ensure that no child is left behind.”
He further disclosed that UBEC recently developed a manual that details strategies of engaging SBMC in schools development.
Also at the event, the Kano State Director Social Mobilisation, Amina Umar, said Kano State has trained 67,000 school based management Committee members in Kano State.