out-of-school children in kano stands at 989,234 – unicef
Written by AIGBOKHAEBHO OKHUELEIGBE on October 16, 2023
Kano State has at least 989,234 out-of-school children who are of primary school age. The United Nations Children’s Fund, Unicef Nigeria Country Representative, Cristian Munduate, said this at a media conference in Kano, North-West Nigeria.
She says boys and girls have reached 500,000 users of the Nigeria Learning Passport, with hopes to double the figure next year.
She added that there are 1.5 million girls enrolled in schools under Unicef Girls Education Project Phase 3, implemented between 2012 and 2022, in Kano, Bauchi, Katsina, Niger, Sokoto, and Zamfara States.
According to Cristian, there is an urgent need for Nigeria to improve investment in the education sector, and redouble efforts aimed at addressing the critical issue, of out-of-school children.
Munduate noted that in the health sector, Kano State had 484 Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) in its 484 political wards.
The state is expected to have functional PHCs that can provide a full complement of Tier I Minimum Service Package services round-the-clock.
The PHCs must be staffed by adequate number of skilled birth attendants to provide antenatal care, delivery and postnatal care services.
Currently, Kano has 185 such PHCs, close to fulfilling the one functional PHC per ward criterion. These facilities will fulfil basic requirements with minimal resource allocation by the state government.