Written by Godfrey AKON

UBEC introduces cluster learning centers for girls

Nigeria’s Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, is continuing its diversification of approach to education delivery as the commission has announced it would soon set up Cluster Learning Centers for Girls.

Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, said the new intervention targeting girls was also necessary to reduce the large population of out-of-school children especially in the northern states.

Bobboyi spoke in Kaduna at a roundtable to develop a framework for the proposed Cluster Learning Centers for Girls, a statement by the Spokesperson of UBEC, Mr. Osom Osom said.

These efforts are coming on the heels of renewed calls for strategic focus on the education of girls who are believed to account for 60 per cent of all out-of-school children in Nigeria.

Represented by UBEC director of teacher development, Mallam Unwaha Ismaila, the UBEC boss stressed the importance of developing a framework as an additional incentive towards tackling challenges associated with the out-of-school children problem.

He pledged government’s readiness to continue to implement programmes that will increase access and ensure equity, especially for the girls, while urging states to take ownership of existing UBE facilities set up by UBEC to ensure their girls are not denied access to quality UBE.

He expressed optimism that the various scholars and resource persons invited to the roundtable will develop a workable document that can be readily implemented at all levels towards improving girls` education in Nigeria.

The roundtable is expected to among others, articulate the concept of Cluster Community Learning  Centers for Girls in the Nigerian context, develop a framework and modalities for operationalizing such especially in areas where the challenge of out-of-school children are very endemic.

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