Education

Education Gives Luster to Motherland. Wise education, vital breath Inspires an enchanting virtue; She puts the Country in the lofty sea Of endless glory, of dazzling glow, and just as the gentle aura’s puff.

Centre LSD Community Led Collective Action for Girls Education (C-CAGE) project team commenced a week-long advocacy to key stakeholders in the education sector in Adamawa state on the need to achieve the project's objective of increasing the enrollment, retention and completion of secondary school by girls in the state. Today, the team met with the executive chairman of Song LGA, Hon. Gidado Abdussalam, his councillors and other key officials in his cabinet at his office in Song LGA headquarters, Adamawa state. The chairman commended the Centre for her commitment to girl child education in the state and the achievements of the project so far. He requested that the Centre shares data on the project with the LGA so they can fashion out ways to sustain the intervention after the lifetime of the project.

The C-CAGE project team met with the Adamawa state commissioner for water resources in his Yola office today. The commissioner, who is an indigene of one of the focal LGAs of the project, Maiha LGA, commended the Centre for the scholarstic materials distributed and payment of PTA levies for pupils in his LGA.
He promised to use his political and personal connections to support the project and requested that the Centre should keep him in the know of project activities especially in Maiha LGA.

Meeting with the Adamawa State Commissioner for Education, Chief Wilbina Jackson.
The commissioner and her team commended the achievements of the project so far, which included;
*Enrollment of 910 girls back to school
*Creation of 16 safe spaces
*Training of 275 education stakeholders
*Provision of scholastic materials (bags, books, pen, and pencils) to 952 pupils.
She disclosed that as part of the provisions of the UBE Act 2004, the state government has made universal basic education free and compulsory for all children. And that the government has also taken over payments of WAEC & NECO registration fees for all students in government secondary schools (WAEC & NECO registration fees were paid for 46,420 candidates in 2021 alone).

The commissioner further revealed that all PTA levies are subject to her approval and that she has not approved any levy above N300 per pupil.Most of the levies are usually for sports and extracurricular activities. It is an offence to drive any child away from school because of PTA levy.
She enjoined the Centre to relate directly with her ministry and the PTA because most of the school principals are dubious and shouldn’t be trusted.
She further stated that the state government is in the process of recruiting more teachers for primary and secondary schools. Public schools are also being rehabilitated. The toilet facilities in public schools will be given attention to ensure that female pupils don’t miss classes during the flow of their mentrual cycles.

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June 16, 2021 Today, the C-CAGE project team met with the deputy speaker of Adamawa State House of Assembly – Rt. Hon. P. M Mackondo. The team appreciated him for his support on the project so far and alerted him that despite the declaration of free education upto the secondary level in the state, there are hidden fees in forms of PTA levies that are depriving underprivileged children (especially girls) from accessing basic education in line with the UBE Act 2004. The deputy speaker expressed displeasure at this development and promised to meet with the speaker and chairman of house committee on education on or before Monday June 21, 2021 on the best way to address the issue. He promised to relay the feedback of the meeting to us by close of business on Monday.

RIGHT TO EDUCATION COALITION MEETING sponsored by Malala fund.

C-CAGE Advocacy team with the Executive Secretary of Adamawa State Post Primary Education Board

RIGHT TO EDUCATION COALITION MEETING sponsored by Malala fund.

Achievements of the Projects so far:

* Enrollment of 910 girls back to school
*Creation of 16 safe spaces
*Training of 275 education stakeholders
*Provision of scholastic materials (bags, books, pen, and pencils) to 952 pupils.
She disclosed that as part of the provisions of the UBE Act 2004, the state government has made universal basic education free and compulsory for all children. And that the government has also taken over payments of WAEC & NECO registration fees for all students in government secondary schools (WAEC & NECO registration fees were paid for 46,420 candidates in 2021 alone).

NAMES OF GIRLS IN SAFE SPACE