As part of the efforts to promote the right to quality basic education in Nigeria, a non-governmental organisation, Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP), has trained 50 key implementers of the Universal Basic Education (UBE) Act.
The training, which held at a hotel in Kaduna in partnership with Malala Fund, was to ensure full implementation of the UBE Act in the country.
Programme Director, LEDAP, Pamela Okoroigwe, said at the opening of the training in Kaduna that the move was part of efforts to promote the right to quality basic education in the country which will in turn improve access to quality education, particularly girls and other vulnerable children.
She said, “the UBE Act provides for compulsory basic education, which made the right to quality basic education enforceable in the country.
“We are promoting the right to basic education in Nigeria because education is very fundamental to personal and national development.”
Pamela further noted that, free education was often not completely free, noting the existence of some hidden charges like registration fee for new entrants, notebooks etc.
“This is why we are conducting this training to equip key education officers in the state with the needed knowledge on the UBE Act to ensure total compliance to the provisions of the Act,” she added.
Earlier, the State Coordinator of the project, Mr Daniel Abah, stressed the need to raise awareness on the right to basic education by all children, particularly the girls many of whom are out of school.
Abah said that the training would bring the education officers up-to-speed on the enforceability of the UBE Act and support the government to implement free basic education in the state.
Already, all children in the state now have access to nine years free education with the exception of the girls who was granted free education to the completion of secondary education and this may just be a plus in achieving good implementation of the UBE Act.