A nongovernmental organization, Connected Development, trained 30 agents from Adamawa State on gender-sensitive budgeting, community mobilization and monitoring and evaluation to ensure the enrollment and retention of girls in school.
The workers are drawn from aDamawa Ministry of Education and State Council for Universal Basic Education (SUBEB)
Project leader Zaliha Lawal explained on Sunday that the aim of the event was to improve citizen participation and strengthen engagement with the government for a 12-year education through policies that encourage education, enrollment and retention of girls.
She reiterated that the project is funded by the Malala Fund and would focus on gender sensitive project management, with project budgets being in line with Adamawa’s girl’s sole aspiration.
âIt is very important that we train these people that we are going to work with over the years on project management and on how we can have a gender sensitive budget and also how people in the community can fit into it. the annual budget of the Adamawa State Department. education, âshe said.
Charity Alaja, CODE Adamawa project manager, said he looked at sanitation facilities, the safety of school structure, curricula that deal with girls’ education, whether they are gender-responsive and how girls can be enrolled in school and stay in school until they receive a valuable education.
âFor five days a month, a girl follows her menstrual cycle. If the facilities are not good enough, during these five days of the school calendar, a girl does not come to school. because of the bad structures, she would prefer to stay at home.
âIf she had to share the bathroom with the boys, she would have to stay home. if there is no adequate water supply, she will have to stay at home.
One stakeholder, Aishatu Rilwanu, principal of Old GRA secondary school, former principal of GSS Wuro-Hausa, said that during her service for the past three years, the structure was dilapidated and some thugs had the used to move around freely.
She urged the government to do more on water sanitation and hygiene (WASH), which has been a major challenge affecting girls’ education and retention.
A post-primary school management board official, Rev. Papa Jalo, said he would help with monitoring and supervision of each school to make girls’ education more convenient and encourage retention. .