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Northern Education: UNICEF says over 58,000 teachers required to increase girl child education

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Northern Education: UNICEF says over 58,000 teachers required to increase girl child education

Funmi Lawrence

The United Nations Children and Education (UNICEF) says 58,121 female teachers are needed in order to close the gender parity gap in rural schools in Northern Nigeria.

UNICEF revealed the figure at a two-day dissemination workshop in Abuja  on Wednesday.

The workshop focused on Research Findings conducted by UNICEF on the “Effect of Female Teachers on Girls’ Enrolment and Retention in Northern Nigeria and Communication for Development (C4D) Assessment in Basic Education.

The findings of a research was conducted by UNICEF in 2018 in eight northern states aimed at improving the attendance of females in schools in the north.

The eight northern states used as focal study are Bauchi, Gombe, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger, Sokoto, Taraba, and Zamfara.

According to the research findings, female teachers have a substantial positive effect on girls’ educational outcomes.

Dr Noel Ihebuzor, a resource person who spoke on the ‘Effect of Female Teachers on Girls’ Enrolment and Retention in Northern Nigeria said to achieve gender parity in rural communities, the number of female teachers would have to increase in four-fold.

Ihebuzor said the Federal Government should employ more female teachers to improve access, retention and quality learning in schools.

“If the quality of education is improved, it becomes an attraction for parents to send their children to school.

” Boko Haram is not the main reason why parents do not send their wards to school in the North.

” Before Boko Haram, many families do not send their children to school. General security, poverty could also hinder parents from sending their wards to schools,” he said.

Speaking on research findings on, ‘Communication for Development (C4D)Assessment in Basic Education (CABE) in Nigeria,’ UNICEF C4D specialist, Mr Ogu Enemaku said the findings showed that the presence of female teachers in school was a determining factor whether parents will send their children to school or not.

Enemaku added that access, quality and accountability are essential for the development of any country’s  educational system.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a survey conducted by UNICEF showed that the number of out of school children had increased from 10.5 million to 13.2 million. (NAN)

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FIBA, Kida Threatens Nigeria with Basketball Ban

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… wants to force Nigeria into participation

World basketball body, FIBA has issued Nigeria an ultimatum to suspend its International withdrawal or risk getting additional years of wilderness.

Engr. Musa Kida is in the circle of events as a recipient, as the country sits out of international basketball as put out by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The Government had called for Nigeria’s withdrawal as a result of in-fightings amongst stakeholders, lack of a functional league and a stall in the growth of the game at home. It said this measure will allow the country take a deep breathe, reconcile grey areas, re-strategize and get better as a basketball nation, instead of the cosmetic outward appearance of beauty but inner state of rancour and disunity.

In reaction, sources postulated “Nigeria is a sovereign nation and will not be blackmailed carelessly. Nigeria bigger than kidda and his cohorts”.

“Moreso, it’s understood that FIBA allegedly wrote Kida alone. The body has not written the Federal Government.

The Ministry has received no communication to that effect. Kida is not the Federal Government of Nigeria.

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