Federal Government introduces scheme to reduce out-of-school children

The Federal Government in collaboration with the European Union has introduced an Accelerated Basic Education Programme to allow disadvantaged children between 10 and 18 years have access to basic education towards reducing the number of out of school children in the country.

The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC), Professor Ismail Junaidu, gave the indication while presenting the curriculum of the programme to the minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu in Abuja.

The Executive Secretary explained that the initiative was flexible and free for enrolment and it would also provide recipients with equivalent, certified competences for basic education using effective teaching and learning approaches that match cognitive maturity

He explained that it has pathways to mainstreaming learners into various levels of schooling based on proper profiling and effective instruction.
According to him “Piloting of the programme began immediately in 54 centres in Borno State with over 8,000 learners enrolled, Preliminary result from the piloting shows that the programme is indeed a way out from the menace of out-of-school children and youth in Nigeria’’

The Interim Country Director, Plan International Nigeria, Mr Robert Komakech said the goal of the European Union was to increase access, to safe, quality and inclusive education opportunities both formal and non-formal for conflict-affected children, adolescent and youth.

The Minister of Education, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Mr.Sonny Echono said all stakeholders would be carried along to ensure successful implementation of the Accelerated Basic Education Programme

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