A Non Governmental Organization Young Leaders Network YLN Trains Teachers in Bauchi.
By; Muhammad Babayo ASHA
Education stakeholders have been requested to assist Bauchi State government to address the 1.3 million out of school children to quarantee their future and fast track the development of the state.
The Team Lead Young Leaders Network YLN Mr Seun Justin Onarinde gave the figure at a two day training on gender responsive learning strategies for secondary schools teachers in the state.
The YLN organized the training to equip the teachers to ensure young people especially the girl child is educated, empowered and engaged for sustainable development through social inclusion.
Others are policy advancement and community engagement as well as strengthening capacities of girls to leadership, parents and service providers.
Mr Seun Justin Onarinde explained that the NGO is working in 60 communities in Alkaleri local government area of the state which has the highest number of out of the school children in the north.
He explained that 10.5 million out of the country’s children age 5 to 14 do not attend schools and only 61 percent of 6 to 11 years regularly go to school.
In a presentation titled, Global Challenges Affecting Education, Ms Charity Solomon identified poor funding, bad policy, insecurity, lack of basic infrastructure as well as inadequate teachers training and retraining as major challenges affecting education pursue in the country.
Ms Charity Solomon stressed the need for all classrooms should be made conducive and gender responsive to ensure enrollment, retaintion and completion of school.
Meanwhile Participants at the two day workshop on teachers’ training on gender responsive learning strategies pledged to champion creation of conduceive environment for learners.
The workshop organized by Young Leaders Networks YLN a non governmoental organization championing the course of promoting gender responsive learning and save spaces for girls in some selected public and private schools in Bauchi.
Some of them Mr Stevenson Adejo and Maimunatu Aliyu who expressed satisfaction with all the presentations made during the training pledged to step down the knowledge acquired to other colleagues that are not oppurnuned to attend.
They promised to use the knowledge in their day to day class management for the overall development of the education in the state.
In a presentation titled, Teachers and Administrators Gender Responsive and Safe Classroom Environments Malam Yahaya Bako Galadima advised participants to make class settings gender responsive to enable the girls realize their potentials.
Malam Yahaya Bako Galadima advised teachers to create avenues that would expose learners achieve their dreams devoid of gender differences.
In an interview the Programe Manager Ms Charity Solomon said the project is aimed to build and strenghen hubs of vibrant and skilled young people through social inclusion, policy advancement and community advancement.