Traditional Rulers in Zuru LGA Want Legislation to “Drive Educate A Child” Campaign

By Alex Uangbaoje, Kaduna

Traditional Rulers in Zuru Local Government of Kebbi State, has called for a legislation that will give them an implementing powers to the ‘Educate A Child’ (EAC), campaign aimed at increasing enrollment of school children in the state.

The Royal Fathers, also requested for redistribution of teacher in LGA, made the call in a report at the end of Emirate Level Consultative Forum Enrollment Drive Campaign, meeting recently at the Palace of the Emir of Zuru.

According to the report, “the roles of the traditional leaders in education of a child should be given a legal recognition or legislation that will help them and give them more implementing power.

“There is need to do a reposting of teachers on the bases on need drive, some schools have in excess while some are almost having nothing.

“We appeal to government officials to redistribute the teachers across the Emirate and accommodation for teachers should be put in consideration any time government wants to put in a structure.”

They charged all traditional rulers and parents to ensure children are enrolled back to school, urging district heads to ensure enrollment drive campaign is replicated in their districts with the village heads.

They called on the State Government to replicate the EAC/UNICEF approach by integrating additional 504 Quranic Schools, even as the state has assured of establishing 48 normadic schools across the state, employed more teachers and construct additional classrooms.

The report also noted that that the representative of the Emir of Zuru, Wazirin Zuru made a passionate appeal to all the traditional rulers to be committed in their respective districts in ensuring increase in child enrollment.

He pledged the Emirate’s commitment to the task of making sure large number of Out of School Children are enrolled back to schools through this unique approach of EAC intervention.

The meeting which was supported by EAC and UNICEF, was a deliberate strategy to seek consultation with traditional institution to champion the enrolment drive campaign at their respective emirate with the aim of having an increase in school enrollment, down to village level and also to trigger communities stakeholders to participate and be committed in the entire process of child enrollment.

The meeting was facilitated by Adults And Non Formal Education (AANFE) EAC//UNICEF focal person in the LGA, Mallam Abubakar Bala Jentulu.

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