The House of Representatives Committee on Alternative Education said it is actively developing a framework aimed at swiftly reintegrating over 14 million out-of-school Nigerian children back into the education system.
The committee also said it was working assiduously to ensure that 16.5 million Nigerians are lifted out of poverty, which will ensure the return of out-of-school children to schools.
According to statistics from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the Northeast leads in the poverty index with 71.86 percent of its population in poverty, followed by the Northwest with 64.84 percent, while the North Central has 42.70 percent. Others are: South East, 42.44%; South South, 21.28% and South West, 12.12%.
However, the chairman of the committee, Hon. Almustapha Ibrahim Aliyu (APC, Sokoto) said in a statement that the intervention by the House committee would targets the reduction of poverty as follows: Northeast, 4 million people; North West, 3.4m people; North Central, 2.5m; South East, 3m; South South, 2.1m, and South West, 1.6m.
He said the framework will also see the out-of-school children trained with relevant skills to become productive members of the society.
He said the intervention by the Green Chamber targets addressing public education by tackling poverty and value gaps.
He said that In partnership with relevant government agencies, the intervention aims at improving access to education for all Nigerian children in line with the aspirations of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs-4) on qualitative and inclusive education for all.
According to him, the project is tagged ‘Nigeria Mass Reduction of Out-of-School children and Youth Project’ (NiMPROP) and will last for a period of four years.
He said: “It would significantly reduce the number of of out-of-school children through non-formal accelerated education system and other alternative schooling programmes”.
The government agencies include the National Commission of Almajiri and out-of-school children, the National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education and the National Commision for Nomadic Education.
He said the committee had several engagements with the relevant agencies in the past week with favourable responses from them.
He said the necessary machinery has been put in place for the actualization of the intervention as the House gets set to reconvene from its annual recess on Tuesday, September 26.
By Tony Akowe
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