Ebonyi State Universal Basic Education Board has described uneducated child as a terror to the society.
The Board chairman, High Chief Hyacinth made the assertion while declaring open a one day sensitization programme organized by the Board in collaboration with United National Children Fund, UNICEF and the National Populations Commission, NPOPc on enrolment in the state.
The Chairman, represented by the Director, Social Mobilization Department, Mrs. Maria Oselebe commended the participants for volunteering to ensure that no child of school age in their villages was left behind in enrolment into school.
High Chief Ikpor explained that the youth unrest, violent agitations, and other social vices prevalent in the country today were handwork of uneducated children trying to force their way out and called on the participants to liaise with their community leaders to curb the menace
“All the youth unrest and other social vices, including kidnapping , cultism, armed robbery and even the violent agitations today are results of lack of basic Education . You can see, uneducated child is a terror to the society”
Earlier, the Board’s UNICEFF Desk Officer, Mr. Christogonus Nweke disclosed that the programme was an articulated and aggressive response to the reports from Multiple Cluster Indicator Survey, MICS 2011, 2015, National Health Demographic Survey, NHDS 2013 and National Educational Data Survey, NEDS 2016 as released by National Bureau of Statistics, NBC.
Mr. Nweke said the national reports were validated by Ebonyi State Education Management Information , EMIS, 2011 , an arm of the state Ministry of Education and he described the situation where Ebonyi State is dealing with school access while other state are talking about quality of provision as a “challenge” .
“It is a challenge to Ebonyi State, and we have to take it head on as a challenge and that is why we are going to talk about the strategies for enrolment drive campaign and birth registration. We are going to dwell on that”
He charged the participants not to forge their figures without reliable sources so that it could be used for policy formulation in the State.
“In every village, try and find out how many children, family by family that are of school age and are not in school or have not registered their birth with NPOPC. Be accurate; make sure the outcome of your base line survey could be used to cross check other reports and also for future policy formulation”
UNICEF representative at the occasion, Mrs. Abigail Okpebholo enjoined the participants to commit themselves to the exercise to avert the dangers associated with upsurge of uneducated children as seen in militancy in the Niger Delta and Boko Haram insurgency in the North East of the country.
Mrs. Gloria Chima of National Population Commission enumerated the benefits of child’s birth registration to include health care provision, age determination, school provision, employment opportunities, immigration control, disease control and national identify, and hinted that children without national birth records are not recognized by the law
Mr. Ebenyi Samuel of National Orientation Agency said the strategies for enrolment drive campaign and birth registration include group meetings, curtsey visit to traditional rulers, engagement of women group, church leaders, inter face talks, community dialogue, role model and use of drama and play lets.
In a vote of thanks, one of the participants, Prince Charles Alagba, on behalf of his colleagues commended the organizers of the programme and assured them of their readiness to carry on the campaign drive in their respective communities.
Chukwu Arinze M.