The Universal Basic Education Commission UBEC, says the new initiative on School Based Management Committee and School Improvement Programme, SBMC-SIP will promote basic education delivery and it ownership in Nigeria.
The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, while declaring the 5-day training open, said the commission intends to create an enabling environment for SBMCs active involvement in all School Improvement Programmes.
Dr Bobboyi further noted that since SBMCs have been globally recognized as school development agents, UBEC will fully engage School management committees on the implementation of priority school projects through indigenous community-initiated self-help projects.
He added that the projects will be anchored, implemented, maintained and sustained by community members but with financial and technical support from UBEC.
According to the Executive Secretary, “we therefore organised this training based on the need to ensure that school level actors who will be part of the SBMC-SIP process and who will manage the huge resources earmarked for the programme are adequately prepared and well trained”.
“The new initiative on school improvement programme will invigorate community support for school development initiatives; promote community participation, complement government efforts in the management of schools and also serving as catalysts for community ownership of basic education delivery services”
The UBEC Head added that the Commission has resolved to provide the necessary framework for the intervention to succeed.
“UBEC has also developed a comprehensive Social Mobilization Handbook to support the SBMC-SIP” he added.
The Training workshop which is one of the pre-SBMC-SIP take-off activities is seen as key to the success of the programme.
During the training, participants were imparted with skills on mobilizing community organs especially School Based Management Committee on School Improvement Programmes in identifying school level needs-based priority projects, guiding project implementation, monitoring and supervision of approved projects in line with the standards specified in the SIP Implementation Manual.
137 trainees were drawn from UBEC and SUBEBS for the 5-day exercise.
The Executive Secretary of UBEC ,Dr Hamid Bobboyi was represented by UBEC Director for Social Mobilization, Alhaji Bello Kagara.