By Joseph Erunke
THE Nationwide Steering Committee on Alternate College Programme held its inaugural assembly yesterday in Abuja. The assembly, based on an announcement by Nneka Anibeze, Particular Assistant to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Catastrophe Administration and Social Improvement, Sadiya Umar Farouq, “set the ball rolling for mapping out methods and an motion plan to deal with the challenges of out-of-school kids in Nigeria and to quickly scale back the quantity by offering them with high quality fundamental schooling and expertise in particular settings not addressed in a traditional faculty system.”
“In her opening remarks, the co- chairperson, convener of the assembly and Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Catastrophe Administration and Social Improvement, Sadiya Umar Farouq mentioned that Nigeria topped the record of out-of-school kids on the planet, therefore the choice of the federal authorities to develop strategic plans by the lately inaugurated Steering Committee, “the assertion learn.
It quoted the minister as saying: “You might be all conscious that Nigeria is the main Nation within the World with essentially the most out-of-school kids. Consequently, President Muhammadu Buhari launched the Alternate College Programme ASP to make sure that each out-of-school youngster in Nigeria beneficial properties entry to high quality fundamental schooling, no matter social, cultural or financial circumstance.
“The Alternate College Programme is anticipated to assist present alternatives for out-of-school kids to develop life supporting expertise from vocational and entrepreneurship coaching for efficient functioning within the society.
“Every member of this Nationwide Steering Committee has been fastidiously chosen in expectation of the immense worth you’ll usher in charting the strategic course of this programme”.
The Alternate College Programme is designed to enhance entry to schooling for all Nigerians kids in step with the aspirations of Sustainable Improvement Objective (SDG-4) on ‘Qualitative and inclusive schooling for all and considerably scale back the variety of Out-of-College-Kids via the combination of formal and casual instructional methods.
It goals at eliminating or considerably decreasing itinerancy, youngster begging and foster tolerance, unity and integration of all kids with various backgrounds.
The Phrases of Reference for the Nationwide Steering Committee embrace guaranteeing engagement and efficient uptake of the ASP initiatives throughout the nation, refining and specializing in the imaginative and prescient of the initiative, reviewing and approving all work, implementation plans and endeavor every other job that can improve the efficient supply of the initiative.
The 17 man committee is co- Chaired by the Minister of Schooling Mallam Adamu Adamu. Different members are the Minister of State of Schooling, Senior Particular Assistant to the President on the Sustainable Improvement Targets, Minister of State, Price range and Nationwide Planning, Chairman, Northern Governors’ Discussion board, Govt Secretary, Common Primary Schooling Fee (UBEC), Representatives of United Nations’ Instructional, Scientific and Cultural Group (UNESCO) United Nations’ Worldwide Kids’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and World Partnership for Schooling.
Others are Chair, Non-public Sector Advisory Group (SDGs) Chair, Civil Society Coalition on Sustainable Improvement – , Chair, Senate Committee on Primary Schooling, Chair, Home Committee on Primary Schooling, Hon. Dr. Shehu Balarabe Kakale, Director Basic NYSC, and the Everlasting Secretary, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Catastrophe Administration and Social Improvement Bashir Nura Alkali- Secretary.