About 100 youths representatives from youth associations in Adamawa have commenced three-day capacity building on advocacy for more children enrollment in schools.
The workshop organized by the Adamawa Universal Basic Education Board in collaboration with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) was part of programmes line up for this year’s celebration of the Day of African Child.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the meeting, the UNICEF Education Consultant for Adamawa, Mr Joel Isaiah, said the essence of the workshop was to mobilize the youth groups to use their platforms in advocating for more enrollment, particularly that girl-child.
Isaiah noted that Adamawa being one of the states affected by the insurgency has the issue of enrollment particularly in the affected local government areas.
He said that a recent research showed that Adamawa had 495,000 out-of-school children and most of them were girls.
“The participants were expected to go back to their communities and use their platforms to draw the attention of communities that have such children to get the children back to school,” Isaiah said.
Many of the youths who spoke at the opening ceremony expressed their commitment to unite and work towards priority attention for children’s right to education, particularly the girl-child.