By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Kaduna – About one hundred and twenty drop out school girls from three communities in Makarfi Local Government Area of Kaduna State have been given second opportunity to have quality education courtesy of the TY Danjuma Foundation (TYDF) and All Children Charity International Foundation (ACCIF).
Interim Team Leader of ACCIF, Barrister Paul Daudu, disclosed this during the official distribution of learning materials to the beneficiaries and school desks to identified schools held in Makarfi LGA on Thursday, May 3, 2018.
The materials which include; text books, note books, writing materials, school bags among others are part of the TYDF and ACCIF 2018 Girl-Child Education Project in three communities, namely; Marke, Nassarawa Doya and Makarfi, all in Makarfi LGA.
The breakdown shows that 51 Junior Secondary School 1; 29 Junior Secondary School 2; 8 Junior Secondary school 3; 25 Senior Secondary school 1 and 7 Senior Secondary school 2, were among the lucky selected students.
According to Barr. Daudu, the girls and other girls in the identified schools will participate actively in the club activities to be organized for the schools.
He added that ten female teachers and other girls in the identified schools will be taught soft skills like Baking, Bead Making and Soap Making by the TYDF and ACCIF project trainers.
Speaking through the Assistant Director, Female Education in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Esther Kayock, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Education, Jafaru Sani, commended the partners for the kind gesture, saying it will go a long way in solving educational issues especially as it affects girl-child in the state.
While harping on the importance of education, he called on the beneficiaries to make good use of the opportunity provided by the partners, urging them to be good ambassadors and attend their classes regularly.
Similarly, the Chairperson of International Federation of Women Lawyers, Kaduna Chapter, Barrister Bukola Ajao said the girl-child education is fundamental, saying it is something that no parents should joke with.
According to her, if a girl-child is educated she will be able to do lot of things, adding that without education there are many things that comes with illiteracy and she will be unable to even bring up her children properly.
“I congratulate the girls and their communities because they are selected as it is not everyone that is opportuned to be in this selection. I urged the parents to follow up their children and ensure that they go back to school to have this quality education,” she admonished.
In his own remarks, the Acting District Head of Makarfi LGA, Bello Sada who was represented by the Village Head of Maraban Makarfi, Munir Makarfi, commended the sponsors and promised to ensure the success of the programme.
“I thank the TYDF and ACCIF for what they have brought to our daughters. We will motivate and mobilize parents to give maximum support and ensure our children acquire education,” he said.