Forty female secondary school leaders who have failed in getting the required credits in either West African Examination Council (WAEC) or National Examination Council (NECO), to gain admission into tertiary institutions have been trained and empowered to establish 37 Early Child Development (ECD) schools across Kano and Jigawa states by way of transforming the girls overwhelmed with a sense of failure to become entrepreneurs.
The training coordinated and conducted by development Research and Projects Centre (dRPC) with guarantee from MacArthur Foundation under its Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education (PSIPSE) is aimed at addressing the plight of the failed girls with a view of transforming them to entrepreneurs, inspirational teachers, community assets and advocates of children aged 0-5 school enrollment.
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Speaking to newsmen during the monitoring and evaluation visits to ECD centres established across the two states dRPC education liaison officer Malam Suleiman Mahmud, findings by the Centres revealed that examination failure had put an end to many girl’s dreams and it was however discovered that these girls were unable to give the examination a second trial due to either financial issues or otherwise despite the fact that they have a promising future ahead of them. As such, they were subjected to domestic servitude, seclusion coupled with a strong sense of failure.
“Under the project, girls from Kano and Jigawa states with 3 credits who were staying at home idle were selected and invited for screening with the aim of providing the successful ones with ECD support items and take off fund to enable them to establish their ECD schools at either their houses or any other place deemed comfortable within their residing community after undergoing an organized training on teaching and ECD school management, ” he revealed.