The Minster of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouq says that the Alternate School Programme, ASP will address the challenges of out of school children.
She made this known in a meeting with the National Steering Committee of the Alternate School Programme in Abuja.
Hajiya Sadiya explained that considering the number of Out-of-School-Children in the country President Muhammadu Buhari launch the ASP to ensure every child in Nigeria gain access to basic education, irrespective of social, cultural or economic circumstance to ensure a holistic and comprehensive inclusiveness for vulnerable children.
“The Alternative out of school Programee is to see how we can capture the Out-of-School-Children who have not been able to go to school because of some reasons be it cultural, economic or otherwise, the main objective is to take school where the pupils are. We have tried other programees that didint work and we felt the Alternative School Programee will help educating these children that are not engaged in formal education”.
This is our first inaugural meeting and we have come up with Sub Committes that will work to implement this programee, we have also constituted a Technical Working Group collaborating with the Minstry of Education , We will intervene with our Social Investment Programmes she added.
The Minster for State of Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba said the scheme would help bridge the gap for children who currently do not belong to any existing school programmes.
“There is a Commission for Mass Literacy, Commission for Adult Education, Commission of Nomadic Education all of those are doing there bid, there are people who inspite of all of that are otherwise not engaged. That has led to a humanitarian crisis, so it is no longer a formal education issue, it has become an issue of addressing humanitarian problem that has arise from the gap that those ones are un able to meet.
The Terms of Reference for the National Steering Committee include, to refine and focus the vision of the initiative,engagement and effective uptake of the ASP initiative across the country as well as review and approval of all work implementation plan expected.