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Youths coalition, NGO, partner to increase access to quality education in Sokoto

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A coalition of youth organisations in Sokoto State, has said it would collaborate with High Level Women Advocates (HiLWA), an NGO, to promote access to quality education for the girl-child.

Leader of the coalition, Mr Salman Yahaya-Maiyama, stated this in an interview with newsmen in Sokoto, on Friday.

Yahaya-Maiyama said HiLWA had supported youth groups in different areas to ensure maximum community involvement in accelerating development in the state.

He said no fewer than 120 youths had attended an education mobilisation training in the state, aimed at providing platforms for youths to interact and exchange ideas.

He said the participants, comprising of 70 women and 50 men, were mobilised to serve as community advocates for safe and quality education for every Nigerian child, with emphasis on girls.

“Youths constitute a large percentage of the Nigerian population, hence, they have a vital role to play and leverage on Sokoto State’s high budget allocation to the education sector.

“We commend the government for allocating 28 per cent of the 2019 budget to education, and appeal to stakeholders to ensure maximum support for the state in terms of legislation and policy implementation,” Yahaya-Maiyama said.

He commended HiLWA for its support to education across the state, noting that during the programme, HiLWA representatives delivered lectures on diverse topics.

“The topics comprised of gender equality and equity, positive masculinity, value of education, role of citizens and governance, as well as networking as a strategy to create awareness.

“I urge the media, community groups and civil society organisations to sustain the efforts at ensuring mass enrolment, retention and completion of students’ education.

“Various strategies were proffered to ensure increased enrollments at the grassroots; and every participating youth will serve as an advocate on spreading the message in their immediate communities,’’ he said.

The Nigeria News Agency , recalls that HiLWA with support from UNICEF, UkAid and the Federal Government, had organised youths’ capacity building conference in June, to commemorate the International Day of the African Child.

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