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By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Home Grown School Feeding Programme, (HGSFP), in Kaduna State is said to have astronomically increased school enrollments and retention of pupils in the State.
This was disclosed by the State Team Lead of Save the Children International, (SCI), Tanko Muhammed, at a recent concluded 3-day training for members of Kaduna Social Protection Accountability Coalition, (KADSPAC) organized by the group in Kaduna.
He explained that pupils who would have been out of school are being lured back to the classrooms because there is food for them; likewise parents who can not provide food for their children/wards sent them back to school because there are meals for them.
The Team Lead said, this is a Social Protection, (SP) programme that is quite laudable.
He explained that SP has multidimensional impacts, because a poor person is vulnerable to all issues cuts across all strata of life.
Muhammed commended the Mal. Nasir El-Rufai led administration in the state, saying part of what the governor is driving at is to see that education is free and a must for every child in the state.
Speaking on the training, the State Team Lead said the training is to acquaint partners particularly the media which plays a vital role at ensuring that the activities of SCI is spread in such a way that citizens properly understand what SP is all about.
He said SCI would be creating more awareness so that people buy into it and also gain ownership of Social Protection programme.
In his presentation titled: “Making the Case for Social Protection. Why Invest in it?”, a social protection expert, Mohammed Kabir, averred that more people are falling into poverty in Nigeria with a poverty escape rate of 4.3.
The expert said countries that invest their Gross Domestic Products (GDP) in Social Protection have developed economy resilience and prevents further decline into poverty, as it provides efficient economic stimulus, among others.
According to him, without Social Protection Policies put in place, a country will fall into poverty.
He outlined some of the multidimensional impacts of social protection to include; poverty reduction, human capital development, by investing in children’s brain.
Others are; Livelihoods, risk management, and economic resilience.