The wife of the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Olayemi Biodun-Oyebanji has called for the intervention and support of the Ekiti traditional rulers to get the out-of-school children back to school.
Dr Oyebanji also urged the revered monarchs to help address the myths and practices among the people of the state, which are decimating the lives of our young girls, preventing them from having access to education for empowerment.
“Some people still believe that girls are not supposed to be educated or aspire to be anything. We will be losing a lot of God-given potentials if this is not addressed urgently” she said.
The wife of the governor who appealed on Tuesday at a One-Day Advocacy and Interactive Session with Traditional Rulers in Ekiti State lamented that some young children are very distracted and may not be in school as and when due, saying, some children are truly challenged, maybe for lack of guidance, poverty, fear of insecurity in schools or outright abuse and assault from family members or strangers.
“This is why I am here today, to seek your support and counsel, in ensuring that all our young children are enrolled in school and retained with the assurance of completing their studies to gaining sufficient education and skills for lifelong empowerment.”
She explained that the Government of Ekiti State is blessed to enjoy the support of the World Bank, especially to improve secondary education opportunities among adolescents (Boys and Girls).
“This World Bank-assisted program named AGILE (Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment) is to ensure our children’s enrolment, retention, transition and completion at secondary school level of education with adequate empowerment skills for these adolescents.”
Dr Oyebanji highlighted some of the things that would be achieved in the state, including using the project to improve the learning environment in existing secondary schools.
“As I speak today, all the 202 public secondary schools in Ekiti State already benefited from this support. The School-Based Management Committees of the schools within your towns, chaired by a Community Leader of repute within the community implemented all these projects.”
“They identified a critical project in each of the secondary schools and funds were released to the SBMC accounts so that the Committee could implement their identified projects.”
“The funds released ranged from 8000 US Dollars to 16000 US Dollars per school, depending on the enrolment figure of the school. The Schools that had 250 students and below, got 8000 Dollars, (naira equivalent) while Schools with more than 400 students got 16000 Dollars (naira equivalent),” she said.
The wife of the governor however appealed to the royal fathers to kindly help to ensure these projects are properly executed in these Communities.
“It is important to note, that schools/communities who do not use the funds advanced to them judiciously will not be able to participate in future support.”
According to her, the World Bank-supported AGILE program is also bringing “safe spaces” to senior secondary schools, to ensure that Girls have the opportunity to gain life skills before they leave secondary school.
“They will also be taught hygiene, menstrual health, and Vocational skills among others. Councilors and coaches will be available to mentor them on building confidence and life skills. Please let our Girls come to school and be retained in school to gain these benefits.
“This project is also bringing digital education closer to teachers and students alike in our secondary schools. This will be done in phases, the first set of one (100) hundred schools will benefit now,” Dr Oyebanji said.
Last modified: November 30, 2022