The National Steering Committee on Alternate School Programme begins collation of data of out-of-school children

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq made this known at the second meeting of the committee in Abuja.

Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq said about 12 million children are currently out of school in the country, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

“According to NBS, we have over 10 million out of school children in the country. In collaboration with the Ministry of Education, we have spent the last few weeks in engagement with various stakeholders, in a bid to refine and strengthen the ASP Concept towards successful implementation of this programme; for it is upon this foundation that we can begin to erect necessary building blocks.

The Minister explained that the committee has worked closely with the Ministry of Education and other ministries to refine the concept of the Alternate School Programme.

“In collaboration with the Ministry of Education, we have spent the last few weeks in engagement with various stakeholders, in a bid to refine and strengthen the ASP Concept towards successful implementation of this programme; for it is upon this foundation that we can begin to erect necessary building blocks.

The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, said that the ministers will work together to actualise the ASP, as directed by President Buhari

“The past couple of weeks have been spent in bringing in the concept note and sharpening it as directed by Mr President. The work has been concluded and all the participating agencies are all

The meeting had in attendance, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Bashir Nura Alkali, Director General of NYSC, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, Representative of the Federal ministry of Women Affairs, National Chairman Civil Society Strategic Group on SDGS, Dr Uzodinma Adirieje, ALGON Chairman Elder Otuonye.

Hadiza Abdulrahman

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