A Non-Govermental Organization known as SOS , Children’s Village,Nigeria, a German Nigerian affiliated NGO has urged the supports of Kaduna State Government and all Stakeholders in the Education Sector to continue the Children’s Advocacy programmes the organization has beaquitted on pupils of secondary schools for sustainability of the programme in the state.
Kaduna State coordinator of SOS, Children’s Advocacy Organization, Sylvester Mchichi made the call at the Culmination And Closing Of Aflatoun Child’s Rights Cooperative Project Funded by the European Union For Nigeria at Rimi College formerly St. John’s College Kaduna.
He said since the commencement of the programme in the state in 2015 , pupils in secondary school have been groomed into advocates of good governance, child rights law and gender equality which according to him led to the passage of the Child Rights Law by the State Government.
He listed some achievements of his organization to include; building pupils’ capacities in prudent management of resources, self reliance, Advocacy for good governance and social equity among others.
” It is an accomplishment as we are handing over these children to Government to continue from where we stopped after training these kids on different skills and knowledge to be advocates capable of engaging stakeholders in the larger society on various subjects that have to do with the kids education and well-being in their pursuit of a better tomorrow.
“The programme was segmented into into different categories with each aimed towards achieving a particular goal and objective.
” These we have been able to achieve with the supports and backings of European Union and other Stakeholders whose invaluable assistance cannot be overemphasized. ” Mr Mchichi said.
In his address at the occasion, Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology, Kaduna State, Alhaji Jaafaru Ibrahim Sami represented by a director from the ministry, Malam Umar Muhammad revealed that the state Government would from next year as a matter of priority provide funds to train pupils of secondary schools in the state to be effective advocates of good governance, gender equality and prudent management of resources at all levels of governance so that the progress made by the Advocacy NGOs would not be truncated.
In his closing remarks, the project coordinator of Linking the Youth of Nigeria through Exchange (LYNX)
Ibukunle Ganiyu thanked officials of Kaduna State Government and other stakeholders who found time to grace the occasion and for their contributions for making the programme a success.