UNICEF begins  Phase II of  Back-to-School campaign in Ebonyi

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A group photograph of participants at the event.

UNICEF begins  Phase II of  Back-to-School campaign in Ebonyi

By Nweze Anaga, Abakaliki

The United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) under the Global Partnership for Education has commenced the Phase II of “Back-to-School campaign in Afikpo South Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

The programme,  which is the step down training, took place in Afikpo South Local  Area of Ebonyi State and was organized in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Education and Ebonyi State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB) to train parents, gate keepers, community leaders, School Based Management Committee members, head teachers, among others.

In his address, the Assistant Director, Basic Education under the Federal Ministry of Education, Mr. Afowowe Omotayo, stated that the rate of out-of school-children was alarming in Nigeria as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, which UNICEF in partnership with Federal Ministry of Education decided to embark on “Back-to-School Campaign’ to ensure that all they children that dropped out of school were restored back.

“The rate of out-of-school children is escalating; and that is why during the COVID-19 period, the number of out-of-school children has increased. UNICEF partnering with Federal Government said that they were going to bring the children back to school,” he said.

According to Omotayo, the exercise shall be replicated in 16 states in Nigeria including Ebonyi State and therefore assured of more intervention programmes if  the children were brought back to school.

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