Sokoto State government, in collaboration with the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), has introduced a cash transfer programme where mothers or care givers get N5,000 monthly for sending a girl child to school to assist them buy books and other things for the girls, in order to take care of poverty issues.
The state government also partners the UNICEF in training 830 female teachers in a pioneer scheme to provide enough role models for female students, especially in rural communities in different parts of the state.
The Female ‘Train the Trainee’ scheme is being executed under UNICEF’s Girls Education Project (GEP3), with the objective to train female teachers from rural areas who would in turn go back to their communities and teach.
A UNICEF Consultant overseeing the implementation of the project, Maryam Usman Na’ibi, who led a team on a sensitization visit to the wife of the State Governor, Hajiya Mariya Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, explaining the project said, the GEP3 project also aims to get out of school rural children back to school without further delay.
According to Na’ibi, they have discovered that poverty, religious misconception, ignorance, cultural beliefs and insecurity were among the reasons behind girls dropping out of school, adding that parents are afraid of sending their girl children to school because of fear that they may be molested by male teachers.
Therefore, in order to reassure communities holding such misconceptions, UNICEF decided to train female teachers from among themselves who will in turn take the lead in teaching children from their localities.
In addition to the N5,000 monthly payment to mothers and care givers, the trainee female teachers also get paid to aid their education while at the end of their studies, they are absorbed into the state civil service as teachers in their localities.
So far, the GEP3 is implemented in six local government areas namely Binji, Bodinga, Gudu, Goronyo, Kebbe and Wurno.