Nigeria News Agency reports that the stakeholders made the call at a review meeting on the legislation organised by Active Support for Rural People Initiative (ASURPI) in collaboration with Action Aid, Nigeria (AAN).
Mr Ocheme-williams Obande, a consultant to ASURPI, said that education needed to be full-fledged and free as specified by the Kebbi State Universal Basic Education Law of 2005.
“Education, based on my findings, is only relatively free as parents pay levy, uniforms, text books, and no means of transportation to schools which contradict the UBE education law of 2005 in the state,” he said.
Obande lamented the lack of available data from appropriate authorities on the percentage of children living with disabilities in schools in the state.
“There should be provision of special infrastructure to children with disabilities as stated in the law,” he said.
The Chief Executive Officer of ASURPI in the state, Alhaji Ibrahim Ngaski, told the participants that the aim of the review meeting was to engage stakeholders in pushing for provision of qualitative education in the state.
“The workshop also aims to engage citizens in improving the quality of education in the state,” he said.
Ngaski said children have rights to free and compulsory education as declared and adopted by the 1959 resolution of the United Nations General Assembly.
”These rights defined children’s rights to protection, education, health care, shelter and good nutrition.
”Our major concern now is on education, as we want you as stakeholders to advocate rights to non-discrimination of any form, right to adequate infrastructure in schools, right to quality trained teachers and right to a safe and non-violent environment, among others,” he said.
Ngaski urged the stakeholders to evolve an action plan for Civil Society groups to press the state government to ensure that the rights of children were provided in schools.
reports that stakeholders at the meeting included representatives of Nigerian Union of Teachers, State Universal Basic Education Board, Civil Society groups and media.
Edited by Shuaib Sadiq/Maharazu Ahmed