Nigeria: Ebonyi to launch bring back out-of-school children campaign

Ebonyi Government will on Monday, Aug. 19, launch an enrollment drive aimed at bringing out-of-school children back  to school.

Chief Hyacinth Ikpo, the Ebonyi Universal Basic Education Board (EBSUBEB), chairman, disclosed this in an interview on Wednesday in Abakaliki.

Ikpo said that the enrollment campaign was  in collaboration with the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Abuja and the World Bank.

He said that Ebonyi Government was making every effort to ensure that all children of school age living in the state, but are not in school were taken back to school.

According to him, an uneducated child is a potential danger to the society, stressing that all efforts must be made to ensure that education was made not only accessible but also affordable to every citizen of the state.

EBSUBEB boss said that there was no accurate statistical data of the number of school age children, who are out-of-school, but noted that government had set machinery in motion to come up with reliable statistics .

“We don’t have for now any reliable data of the number of out-of-school children in Ebonyi, but government has mapped out programmes and strategies to know the  number who are out-of-school and get them back to school.

“Part of the strategy is the setting up of committees at the 171 wards, local government and state levels.

“And part of the assignment of the committees especially at the ward level is to go from house to house, conduct census of number of children in a particular household, how many are of school age, who are not in school.

“At the end of the exercise, we will be able to know how many children who are of school age, that are not in school and how to get them back to school.

“By Monday, Aug. 19, the state will officially launch the campaign against out-of-school syndrome in collaboration with UBEC and World Bank.

“As a responsible government, we will not spare any effort to ensure that we provide functional and qualitative education to all the citizens of the state”, Ikpo said.

He added that out-of-school children taken back to school would enjoy scholarships, free school feeding, uniforms and other incentives.

“Government on its own part, has promised scholarships  to all the out of school children who are taken back to school to complement the free and compulsory basic education policy in the state.

“Under the programme, government will provide school uniforms, exercise books, text books as well as free school meals to the children ,” he said.

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