From Umar Dankano, Yola
Ahead the observance of the 2021 International Day for Girl Child Education on the 11th October, 2021, the UNICEF in partnership with the Adamawa state Universal Basic Education Board (ADSUBEB) has flagged off training of 50 students (girls) digital innovation in the state.
Delivering his keynote address at the occasion in Yola Saturday, education Consultant of UNICEF, Mr.Joel Zaya Jutum said the annual celebration of the day was set aside as a strategy to encourage and support girl child education.
Jutum stated that this year’s celebration is unique with the selection of 50 girls from different junior secondary school in 5 local government Areas to undergo 3 days intensive training on digital modalities and techniques.
Jutum added that 10 participants were selected from the five local councils each including; Yola North, Yola South, Fufore, Hong and Guyuk noting that the theme for this year’s ceremony “Digital Innovation: Not without girls” has many benefits to the participants.
He commended the cooperation of their teachers saying that by the end of the training 10 best girls would be selected out of which five would represent the state in Abuja while the remaining five girls will celebrate the day in Adamawa on October 11 respectively.
In her welcome speech, commissioner for Education and Human capital Development, Mrs Wilbina Jackson said the Adamawa state government has come up with free education policy with a view to reduce girl child early marriage and other adolescent driven challenges.
Represented by the Director Human Capital Development, Mukhtar Tukur, Mrs Jackson officially announced that the state has attained over 70% computer and ICT compliant (Digitised) in the public schools.
Earlier in his keynote address, Chairman ADSUBEB, Dr. Salihi Atequ congratulated the girls for scaling the selection charging them to be serious with their studies.
Atequ lamented the decay of morals in our communities especially the social aspect where cases of rape are on the increase advising the girls to concentrate on their studies.