Cursory: The House of Representatives Committee on Alternative Education is working on a framework to reintegrate over 14 million out-of-school Nigerian children into the education system. The initiative, known as the ‘Nigeria Mass Reduction of Out-of-School Children and Youth Project’ (NiMPROP), will run for four years and involve non-formal accelerated education and alternative schooling programs. Government agencies such as the National Commission for Almajiri and Out-of-School Children are collaborating on this project to improve access to education in line with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs-4).
The House of Representatives Committee on Alternative Education is actively formulating a plan with the aim of promptly reintegrating more than 14 million out-of-school Nigerian children into the education system.
Additionally, the committee is diligently working to uplift 16.5 million Nigerians out of poverty, which is expected to facilitate the re-enrollment of these out-of-school children in educational institutions.
Data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) reveals that the Northeast has the highest poverty index at 71.86% of its population living in poverty, followed by the Northwest at 64.84%, while the North Central stands at 42.70%. Other regions include the South East at 42.44%, South South at 21.28%, and South West at 12.12%.
The committee’s chairman, Hon. Almustapha Ibrahim Aliyu (APC, Sokoto), stated that the House committee’s intervention aims to reduce poverty in specific regions, with the following targets: Northeast, 4 million individuals; North West, 3.4 million individuals; North Central, 2.5 million; South East, 3 million; South South, 2.1 million, and South West, 1.6 million.
Furthermore, the framework will include the training of out-of-school children in relevant skills to enable them to contribute positively to society. He emphasized that the Green Chamber’s intervention focuses on addressing both public education and poverty, along with associated disparities.
He mentioned that, in collaboration with pertinent government bodies, this intervention strives to enhance educational access for all Nigerian children in accordance with the goals of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs-4), which promote quality and inclusive education for everyone.
This project is named the ‘Nigeria Mass Reduction of Out-of-School Children and Youth Project’ (NiMPROP) and is scheduled to span a duration of four years.
He said: “It would significantly reduce the number of of out-of-school children through non-formal accelerated education system and other alternative schooling programmes”.
The government bodies involved encompass the National Commission of Almajiri and Out-of-School Children, the National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education, and the National Commission for Nomadic Education.
He added that the committee has conducted multiple discussions with these pertinent agencies in the previous week and received positive feedback.
The essential mechanisms have been established to implement this intervention as the House prepares to resume its sessions after the annual recess on Tuesday, September 26.
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