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Zamfara emir lauds NGO for promoting moral, educational status of children and adolescents


Zamfara emir lauds NGO for promoting moral, educational status of children and adolescents
The Emir of Kaura Namoda in Zamfara State, Maj. Sanusi Muhammad-Asha rtd has commended Save the Children International (SCI) an NGO for promoting moral and educational standards of children in the state.

Muhammad-Asha made the commendation at the Celebration of Promises Posters event of Reaching and Empowering Adolescents to Make Informed Choices for their Health (REACH) project at Sarkin-Mafara and Kurya Madaro communities of Kaura-Namoda LGA.

The Emir described the contribution of the NGO through the REACH project in the two communities as a program that has yielded positive results especially in uplifting the moral and educational standards of adolescents.

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The NGO through Voluntary Aid Initiative(VAI) a Civil Society Organization (CSO) implementing the project has been complementing government’s efforts in sensitising parents, traditional rulers and other stakeholders on the importance of child education.

He assured the continued support and cooperation of his emirate to governments, NGOs, partners to promote educational standard in the area.

The District Head of Kuryar Madaro, Alhaji Mahmud Muhammad called for the sustainability of the projects.

“We have enjoyed this project, we have seen its impact in promoting children enrollment, moral and educational standards among our children.

“We commend the NGO for this kind intervention, we also appreciate the support and cooperation given to the project by the parents and other stakeholders”, the district head explained.

In her remark, The State Community Engagement and Advocacy Coordinator, REACH project in the state, Hajiya Zainab Usman said a total of 19,040 adolescents boys and girls aged between the age of 10 to 19 have been trained in Kaura Namoda LGA under the project.

“The REACH is a three year project funded by Global Affairs Canada implemented by the SCI in three Northern Nigerian states.

“The project targets100,000 adolescents boys and girls between the age of 10 to 19 in Zamfara, Gombe and Katsina States”, she said.

“Usman added that the two LGAs of Talata-Mafara and Kaura Namoda were selected for the project in the state”,She said.

According  to her, the project is aimed at promoting the lives of adolescent sexual and reproductive health of Boys and Girls aged between 10 and 19 years.
She commended traditional leaders, parents and other stakeholders on girls’ child education from the two communities for their support to the project.

“We engaged one of the active CSOs in the state (VAI)  to carry out the activities with adolescent girls and boys,  Usman explained.

The Executive Director, of the VAI, Musa Aboki said the project had so far a graduated 19,040 adolescents on Life Skills and Sexual and reproductive health through Safe Space.

“Today, we are attending the Promises celebration in the two communities as we succeeded in reaching 1,953 community members and parents through PROMISES posters placing and unveiling that carried different key messages towards moral and educational of adolescents.

“The event is to celebrate and congratulate community members for supporting their children’s education and to help shift community norms related to girls leaving school due to marriage and high rate of domestic violence”, Aboki explained.

The representative of Kaura-Namoda LGA, the Councillor for Social and Community Development, Ibrahim Haidara thanked the SCI for educating and empowering children.

He assured Council’s continued support and commitment to the project and other government programmes to improve the education of girls and boys in the area.

Zamfara emir lauds NGO for promoting moral, educational status of children and adolescents

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