By Hadiza Ado Jinta

Research Conducted in some local governments areas of Katsina state have reveals that More than 300,000 girls of school age have been enrolled in schools in Katsina State through the Girls Education Project (GEP3) intervention project of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The Kano field Education Officer, Muntaka Mukhtar, stated this while presenting a paper during a media dialogue training organized for the media in Katsina state.

Muntaka Mykhtar explained that the GEP3 program was implemented by UNICEF in Katsina, Sokoto, Zamfara, Bauchi, Kano and Niger states with the support of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) of the UK.

The expert maintained that Since 2012, 210 head teachers have acquired knowledge and skills on school management, while professional development meetings weree been held with staff and pedagogical leadership skills were been provided.

Muntaka Muktar noted that the project has also improved teachers’ capacity to ensure they deliver effectively, which was among the major key to the success recorded so far .

Earlier the permanent member Katsina State Universal Basic Education Board Ashiru Sani, said the insecurity in the state is rolling back efforts to increase the enrolment of the out of school children.

He said bandits’ attacks have either led to parents not sending their children to schools or communities (including schools) being deserted by residents.

The permanent member added that N20,000 scholarship given to every enrolled girl by the UNICEF and the training of teachers are complementing the efforts of the state government aimed at increasing the enrollment of children in school.

During the media dialogue, important issue were discussed on the impact of GEP3 project in the enrollment of the girl child in Katsina.