FlexiSAF, CODE partner to drive awareness of out of school children

FlexiSAF, CODE partner to drive awareness of out of school children

- Nigeria currently has 13.2 million out of school children as at today

- The survey was carried out by the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) in 2015

- Two organisations are partnering to address the situation in the country

FlexiSAF Foundation and Connected Development (CODE) have signed a broad agreement to identify and verify the number of out of school children in selected states in Nigeria and increase citizen participation through awareness raising.

The partnership by both organisations was signed on Monday, March 18 at CODE's office in Abuja.

It comes at a time when stakeholders have been calling for sustainable measures to be put in place to strengthen the quality of education in Nigeria and curtail the growing number of out of school children, which has grossly affected the northern region.

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Speaking at the event, Ahmed Salihijo, chairman of Flexisaf Foundation said: “It is indeed a remarkable feat to partner with CODE in our mutual goal to reach out a helping hand to communities in need.

“We will be able to have access to more communities to provide basic education for all children.”

Salihijo noted that the initiative is a Corporate Social Responsibility for FlexiSAF, while informing that the foundation has already engaged over a 100 children in similar programmes either formally or informally through partnerships in the past.

He added that FlexiSAF is committed to reducing the massive number of children and youth out of school by identifying the inquisitive ones and equipping them with quality education.

On his part, the CEO of CODE, Hamzat Lawal said: “The partnership will be a great leap for FlexiSAF Foundation and will contribute their efforts of reducing the number of out of school children.

“At CODE, we have the resources to support the foundation collating the number of out of school children and providing mentorship in areas of monitoring and evaluation.

“This partnership will bring about reduction of out of school children and create an environment that will explore their creativity.

“It will also focus on numerous basic knowledge, basic education, that will help them with their everyday lives.”

He also used the opportunity to call on the federal government to declare a state of emergency in Nigeria's education sector.

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Meanwhile, traditional leaders across the area councils of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have demanded that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) desk be set up in the area councils and across the local government areas in the country.

The leaders say it will intensify oversight at the local level and strengthen the process of accountability by public office holders.

They made the call on Friday, February 8 in Kuje area council during the town-hall meeting organised by anti-corruption group, Say No Campaign.

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