Women, Children, Youth, Health and Education Initiative (WCY) in conjuction with Bauchi Local Education Authority (LGEA) has sensitized and enrolled 100 out of school Children (orphan and vulnerable girls) into Formal Schools in four communities (Jagur, Zungur, Dutse, Inkil and Dawaki) in Bauchi LGA of Bauchi state. The Education Secretary Bauchi LGEA Alhaji Hassan Salmanu has approved a waiver of any payment for all the enrollee of WCY and a letter to that effect has been dispatched to all the schools where the pupils were enrolled. The activity was Conducted from October 29 to November 2, 2018.
On 29TH October 2018 the program officer Education, M&E officer, Finance officer, community coalition chairman Bauchi LGA and a staff of LGEA went to Jagur community and conducted Sensitization exercise to the community of Jagur on the important of enrolling, retaining, and completing their education especially girls. The Community members were full of joy that such intervention from their own Daughter could reach them. They embrace it, and promised to send all their children to school irrespective of their gender. They were happy that to know that girl child requires education in order for the family to be productive. After the sensitization, twenty-five (25) Girls within the age bracket of five (5) to fifteen (15) years were enrolled and provided with school bags, exercise books, biros/pencils, erasers, sharpeners and cleaners. Uniforms and other scholastic materials will be provided in due course.
Zungur Dutse community
The team was at Zungur Dutse community in Bauchi Local Government on the 30th October, 2018. The community members turned out in large numbers to welcome WCY team and to listen to their messages. The community leader mobilized his community and they were all in attendance. At the end of the sensitization, community members accepted to release their children (Girl Child) to be enrolled into school and were full of appreciation and thanked WCY and the founder Hajiya (Dr) Halima Mukaddas for her foresight in focusing on the girl child education which indeed is the brightest idea they have seen in recent time.
Inkil-Kara and Dawaki communities
Ikil-kara is about 5km from the city of Bauchi, and Dawaki is in the heart of Bauchi city. Yet, with high number of out of school children and low literacy level among the girls occasioned by early marriage, poverty, low quality of learning environment and low value accorded to girls’ education. Harmful practices, local beliefs and norms among others have impacted negatively on girl education. The sensitization and enrolment took place in Inkil-Kara and Dawaki communities where the team was received by the Mai’anguwan Dawaki Ward, together with Desk officer from Bauchi LGEA in person of Malam Adamu Mammam. The team from WCY, welcomed all the parents and caregiver of Dawaki Ward and gave a brief introduction about WCY and also informed the Community members about the importance of education to the entire society. On the other hand, the M&E (Monitoring and Evaluation) Officer along with WCY Education program officer added to what has been said with regards to the important of Girl Child Education and how mothers could lend a great helping hands in terms of prompt preparation and sending their girls child to school.
After the sensitization exercise, WCY team enrolled 25girls from both wards (Inkil-Kara and Dawaki ward) to enjoy the support.
There was a number of women (Mothers) participation in Dawaki Ward, the women who were visibly elated by these development, promised to release their girls to go to school.
Enrolled learners are therefore notified to start visiting their formal schools as soon as possible. Follow up visit will take place immediately by organization’s staff along with WCY Bauchi LGEA desk officer.