The American University of Nigeria (AUN) Yola, in collaboration with UNICEF, has enrolled and distributed learning materials to 100 vulnerable Almajiri children under the AUN’s Feed and Read project in Yola-South area.
At the official ceremony on Saturday in Yola, Mr Joel Jutum, UNICEF Education Consultant in Adamawa, said providing equitable access to quality education was the right of the children.
He said UNICEF Nigeria was sponsoring AUN to provide foundational literacy and numeracy to 50 girls and boys.
Jutum said each of the learners was equipped with assorted materials in UNICEF brand school bags.
He encouraged the children to be punctual and charged SUBEB for effective monitoring for the success of the programme throughout the three months period.
Mr Obindu Raymond, AUN’s Director, Feed and Read programme, appreciated the contributions of UNICEF for impacting positively on the children.
“We are so excited to partner with the UNICEF; thank you for the wonderful gesture.
“We are hoping that this learning materials could help these young ones to be able to utilize it.”
According to him, the school bag and other learning materials will give beneficiaries a sense of belonging and called on the children to keep the bag serious for better education.
Dr Atique Salihi, Executive Secretary, Adamawa State Universal Basic Education ADSUBEB, commended UNICEF for impacting positively on educational development in the state.
Atique, who was represented by the board’s Desk Officer, Pre-primary Education, Mrs Pwakulenu Maxwell, called on the beneficiaries to understand that their enrollment was to teach them how to read write.
According to her, from the basic level, if they succeed, they can go up to tertiary institution to further their education.