Niger State Ministry Of Education in collaboration with United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) seek partnership with Nigeria Union of Journalist Niger State council (NUJ) to begun go-back-to School campaign in the State.
This formed the basis of the one-day dialogue with State Media and correspondents on Tuesday at the Ministry’s conference Hall.
Niger state Commissioner of Education, Hajiya Hannatu Jibrin Salihu who Chaired the meeting described media as key in information dissemination.
The Commissioner who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Engr. Abubakar Sadiq Balarabe noted that the back-to-school campaign was to improve the School enrolment of children, especially in rural communities.
According to her, the campaign was to encourage children who left school as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and insecurity in their communities to return to School as well as assure them of their safety.
Earlier, In his submission,
the Education Officer, UNICEF Niger/ Kaduna Field Office, Mr. Francis Elisha, said the media dialogue aimed to build collective responsibility and support back-to-school campaigns and School safety in the state.
Mr. Francis said the objectives were to share a global partnership back-to-school strategy with the media and agreed on possible collaboration, support roles, and responsibilities of the media.
He added that the expected outcome was to have a shared understanding of the back-to-school campaign strategy and expected roles of the media.
He said the partnership was to agree on modalities for collaborations with the media in supporting the back-to-school campaign strategy and the role of the media in the back-to-school campaign for increased access to basic quality education in the state.
In his remark, the state chairman of NUJ comrade Abu Nmodu represented by the council,s Secretary Comrade Usman Chiji commended the organizers for adding value to the knowledge of journalists in the state.
He said the workshop was in line with the four priority areas of the present leadership of NUJ in the state.
Comrade Abu Nmodu assured that the union would strengthen it’s partnership with both the Niger state ministry of education and UNICEF for the educational development of the state.
He then expressed the hope that the participants would put to proper use what they learnt during the workshop to achieve the set objectives.
Jibrin Usman Kodo
Niger State Ministry Of Education.