Kano to partner centre to ensure schools safety

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Kano state ministry of education said it is ready to partner with the development Research and Projects Centre (DRPC) in its efforts to establish safety measures across schools in the state.

The Permanent Secretary, Kano state Ministry of education, Bello Tukur Rogo made the statement when the Education in Emergency committee of the centre paid an advocacy visit to the ministry.

He said, the initiative will not come at a better time especially as the country is engulfed with multiple security challenges.

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While acknowledging the effort, he said, “We have welcomed their initiative. It’s really a good one and we will do our best in ensuring that we offer them all the necessary support while working hand in hand for the success of the programme.”

On his part, the Co-chairman, Education in Emergency, Hassan Ibrahim Gama, the programme is targeted at promotion of safety and violence free schools in the state.

“We are very lucky in Kano state it is not as much as what is happening in other states. But notwithstanding, we have to prepare ourselves and that is why this committee is being established and we want the ministry of education to lead the working group.

“We want the programme to be functional and our schools to be safe.”

Also speaking, member of the committee, Zubaida Abdussalam called on the state government should as a matter of urgency, implement the national policy on safety, security and violence-free schools (NPSSVFS).

She said, “State Ministries of Education and SUBEBs should ensure the appointment of Desk Officers that will oversee the activities of Education in Emergency (HIE) in the public schools.

“State Ministries of Education and SUBEBs should follow up to ensure that School Security Committees are functional and up to date while implementing all the existing recommendations on SSD in the public schools.”

The Development Research and Projects Centre (DRPC) through the Ford Foundation BUILD project has supported the Federal Ministry of Education to implement the Safe Schools Declaration (SSD) and recommendations in Nigeria by building the knowledge base of 34 education focused Nigerian NGOs on the SSD and its implementing guidelines.

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