No fewer than 1,451 out-of-school girls in Adamawa State have been re-enrolled back to school by the African Center for Leadership Strategy and Development, (Center LSD).
Center LSD was supported by Malala fund to run a three year project christened Community Led Action for Girl Child Education (C-CAGE) aimed at enrolling out-of-school girls back to school.
Making the disclosure, Thursday, at a one day sub national summit on girl child education and premiere of the C-CAGE documentary in Yola, the executive director of Center LSD, Monday Osasah, said, the girls were drawn from the three focal local governments across the three senatorial zones of the state.
The local governments are; Numan, Maiha and Song local governments.
Osasah said 577 girls were enrolled back to school in Numan local government while 360 were enrolled back to school in Song LG just as 514 girls from Maiha local council were enrolled back to school.
He noted that a total of 25 safe space centres were established in the three local governments for the learning of basic numeracy and vocational skills respectively.
Osasah added that the Centre with support from Malala Fund has opened registers of out-of-school children in the palaces of traditional rulers for regular and onward forwarding to schools reiterating that already 7 of these girls from safe space have written West African Council Examination and JAMB.
He expressed gratitude with the support and cooperation of Adamawa state government since the inception of the project in the state since March 2019 and ended in June 2022 (3 years down).
“Today’s summit themed “Girl Child Education; A Veritable tool for development, is organised to reinforce the necessity of training the girl child and to highlight the need for you seated here to join or continue the advocacy to advancing girl child education,” he said.
Earlier in his speech chairperson of the occasion and Deputy Speaker Adamawa state House Of Assembly, Hon. Pwamakaino Mackondo said the project aim is to increase enrolment retention and completion of girl education in the 3 focal councils in our state.
While appreciating the complimentary role of the state government, Mackondo enjoined the parents and benefitting girls to ensure continuation of the project for the benefit of the girl child.
Our Correspondent reports that most of the stakeholders commended the efforts of the Centre for providing hope and confidence to the beneficiaries who initially dropped out of school due peculiar challenges they faced but were given another chance by Center LSD.