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Out-Of-School children a national priority, says minister of education

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The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba has said that bringing every child on board the ship of education is a National priority which every stake holder must take seriously.

The Minister who stated this on Thursday in his keynote address at the National campaign on out of school children in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi state, said, no Nation can make meaningful progress with a high number of its youths as illiterates.

According to the Minister, the high number of out of school children is inimical to the growth and development of any Nation.

Nwajiuba maintained that the Federal Ministry of education is determined to ensure that all children of school age who are out of school are returned and retained to complete their Basic and secondary education and possibly transit to tertiary institutions.

The Minister called for synergy amongst stakeholders especially communities where these children exist to ensure that they are given the necessary support to achieve education, adding that this is the only way we can achieve a better, reliable, developed and peaceful society.

Nwajiuba appealed to good spirited individuals and groups to take responsibility for the education of these children, especially for the orphaned who have no one to carter for their educational needs.

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The Minister also called on State governments to upscale their efforts in supporting the Federal Government in the task of educating these children, adding that education is a collective responsibility.

An educated populace, the Minister said is a critical recipe for development and peace in any society.

The Minister also expressed pain over the remaining 14 students who were abducted at the Federal Government College Birni Yauri sometime last year, calling on all hands to remain on deck for the release of the remaining children

Herevealed that 42 nomadic schools have been constructed to provide access to quality education for the children of Nomards and migrant fishermen. Similarly, the Governor said 167 basic literacy centers have been established for the purpose of integrating Almajiris into formal education.
In addition, the Kebbi Governor said, 167 basic literacy centers have been established for Adult and Non-Formal education across the 21 Local governments.

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