By IHIDERO Victor Osae, Kaduna
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is supporting about 9000 Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, says Adamu Ndagi, the UN body Education Specialist.
Indagi stated this during a two-day mid-year review meeting in Kaduna while presenting UNICEF’s education intervention scorecard in the last six months in the state.
He added that the support, in collaboration with Fifthchucker and Access Bank, was to ensure that OVC have access to quality education and give them a sense of belonging.
He explained that Local Government Education Authority (LEA) Primary School, Maraban Jos, where the OVC are being supported has recorded an unprecedented enrolment from 2500 in 2015 to about 9, 000 in 2016.
The specialist added that about twenty five million naira had already been injected since the inception of the programme in 2013 to date.
“The amount was used in the improvement of teaching and learning environment and other necessary instructional materials and furniture.
According to him, improvement of learning environment was a key strategy for attracting more children to schools.
He however said that shortage of classrooms and furniture had remained a major challenge following the unprecedented enrolment in the school in 2016.
He attributed the significant increase in the school enrolment on UNICEF interventions and the Kaduna State school feeding programme.