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The management of some Qur’anic Integrated Islamic Schools in Shagari local government area of Sokoto state have commended UNICEF for supporting  girls’ child education in their schools through its Girls’ Education Project (GEP3).

The GEP3 project is funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) of the UK and implemented by the UNICEF in collaboration with the governments of the Six states of Bauchi, Kano, Katsina, Niger, Sokoto and Zamfara

The schools were Sheik Jujjani  integareted Quranic School, Ruggar Malam Community, Magaji Rufa’i Junior Arabic and Islamic Secondary School and Gusawa Primary School under Shagari Local Government Authority of the state.

The schools were visited on Wednesday by the team of government officials and journalists from Sokoto and Zamfara states as part of activities of three-day media dialogue on girls’ education organised by the Unicef.

Malam Halilu Abubakar, the Headmaster of Sheik Jujjani integrated Quranic School, Ruggar Malam said the integration intervention from the UNICEF and state government upgraded the level the school.

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“The school was established over 100 years, is now spent 10 years in the integration intervention.

“With the intervention, our learners are now learning western education, we received financial grants to enhance learning activities in both qur’anic and western education.

“As you can see, our school was renovated, we built school fence, two sleeping rooms were constructed for the male learners”, He said

According to him, “Apart from qur’anic knowledge, our learners are now learning other subjects such English language, Mathematics and Sciences”,

He called on government at all levels and other education partners especially the Unicef to continue supporting education at grassroots.

The Principal, Magaji Rufa’i Junior Arabic Integration, Secondary School in Shagari town, Muhammad Sama lauded Unicef and state government for implementing Girls for Girls (G for G) project under GEP3.

Sama said the school received financial grants over N500,000 in 2016 and 2018 for various development projects to enhance teaching and learning activities.

He added the school with 860 students comprising males and females and over 60 teachers also benefited from Teacher Management Information System (TMIS) project under GEP3.

He noted that the project enhanced capacity of teachers in the school.

The G for G mentor of the school, Malama Kulu Sahabi described the implementation of the project in the school as a welcome development.

She said the project have changed life status of our children, our children now are understanding various issues concerning their adolescent and how to protect themselves from dangers.

The Secretary, School Base Management Committee (SBMC) of the School, Malam Muhammad Aliyu said the committee pledged to continue with the the projects.

Aliyu said apart from the cash and material support to the school, the committee also sponsor female secondary school leavers from the area to tertiary institutions.

Mustafa Bawa, Headmaster Gusawa Primary School in Shagari LGEA, said the Unicef intervention provided modern toilet in the school.

“Before we don’t have toilet, but now we have toilets and sanitation facilities,  we appreciate both government and Unicef as well as our SBMC. 

“The Unicef also gave us leadership training, our capacity building have been improved through GEP3 intervention”, Bawa explained.

The delegation was led by UNICEF officials, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and Sokoto State Agency for Mass Education

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