A UNICEF Global Initiative on out of school children study in selected northern states has revealed that 777,160 children out of the 1,289,005 population in Bauchi State are out of school.
The State Education Consultant for Girls Education Project, GEP3, Saleh Mohammed stated this during a state level pre-planning meeting on enrollment drive campaign organized by UNICEF in collaboration with the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) at the Destination Hotel in Bauchi .
In a paper entitled “Why enrollment drive campaign and the role of SBMCs in promoting enrollment of girls in schools,” Mohammed said that at the Junior Secondary School level in the state, 245,469 children were out of school, representing 65.4%.
According to him,531,691 children at the primary level in the state are out of school, representing 58.2%, adding that the large number of out of school children in Northern Nigeria has been a concern to stakeholders and development partners.
“Of the primary-age out of school children, 74% are expected to never enter school while 5% are classified as drop-outs.
“Community household mapping and listing research conducted by UNICEF in 2012/ 2013 reveals that socio-cultural attitudes towards education and girls as well as poverty, account for why many children are out of school.”.
To address issues of out of school children in the north, he said UNICEF designed the enrollment drive campaign as one of its key interventions for increasing access to basic education.
The State Education Consultant also pointed out that the enrollment drive campaign was a strategy to bring out of school children into school as well as achieve the goal of enrolling an additional one million girls in school.