Stakeholders brainstorm on UBE Act in Kaduna
By: Femi Oyelola
A Group under the auspices
Legal Defence and Assistance Project, (LEDAP), has organized stakeholders meeting to brainstorm on the implementation of the right to basic education in Kaduna state in order to chart a way forward.
The stakeholders drawn from civil society organizations, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Education, Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board, UNICEF, and the media gathered to discussed strategies for implementation of the Universal Basic Education, (UBE) Act in the State.
The stakeholders said even though the Act declared free and compulsory education for all, but lamented how free is the education?
Speaking during the meeting, the State Coordinator of LEDAP, Michael Aboh, said the meeting was to enlightened stakeholders on the implementation of UBE Act and promotion of rights of children to schools in the state.
He said children have the right to free and compulsory education as declared and adopted in 2005 UBE Act.
According to him, these rights defined children’s rights to protection, education, health care, shelter, and good nutrition; pointing out that these rights should be realistic and actualized in the schools.
“Our major concern now is on education, as we want you as stakeholders to promote these rights in schools.
“These rights are there, especially rights to basic education; and we want to find out challenges and opportunities for a gender-responsive public education,’’ he said.
In the communique issued after the meeting participants called for a zero tolerance to sexual and gender-based violence especially among school age children.
The communique also expressed dismay over the inability of children at the rural area to access e-learning during the lock down.
The stakeholders noted that there has been serious loss of jobs and economic hardships that has hindered parents from sending their wards and children to schools.
“There are inadequate data collection on the enrolment and drop out of children in public schools.
“Inadequate data collection has hindered proper planning for infrastructure and resources for the daily running of schools.”
In view of this, the stakeholders resolved that there should be proper monitoring of education system, suggesting that there should be a committee to monitor and report parents who failed to send their wards to schools.
The meeting funded by the Malala Fund, urged government to strengthened the Bureau of statistics at the local government level, simplify and increased access to the UBE Act.