Ajoke Babareke, Abuja
Girls enrolment in Niger and Sokoto states has increased by 29.4 percent and 32.4 percent respectively.
The UNICEF Chief of Education, Terry Durnnian made this known in Abuja during the Cash Transfer Programme Briefing and dissemination on Impact Evaluation Report.
Durnnian further said that 23,665 girls from Niger and Sokoto states had benefited from the first UNICEF sponsored Cash Transfer Programs between September 2014 and October 2016.
“Our target was to reach 58,484 girls in Niger state to help them return to school but so far 12, 314 girls benefited. We also targeted 54,081 girls for disbursement of CTP in sokoto state, 11,341 girls benefited and an average of 2girls per caregiver was reached by the Cash Transfer Programme in each state” he said.
“The enrolment effects of CTP in Niger and Sokoto states were widespread across the target L.GAs .In Niger State,girls enrolment increased by 35.5 percent in the GEP3 CTP schools after the programme implementation while there was an increase of 9.5 percent in girls’ enrolment in the NKN- CTP schools after the implementation ” he added.
Following the increasing number of Out Of school children in the world, the UNICEF chief disclosed that UNICEF has also commenced the implementation of Cash Transfer Programme in Kebbi and Zamfara State as part of efforts to increase school enrolment and school attendance rates for boys and girls .
“globally 264million children are not in school and more than 10million children are out of school in Nigeria” he said.
Durnnian hinted that the programme is targeted at 41,391 Children in the two states , he added that it will hold for two years and that it will enhance the socio economic well being of beneficiary households.
He stressed that the UNICEF targets 31,044 children in kebbi state while 10,347 children are numbers of target beneficiaries.
Speaking on first phase disbursement , the UNICEF chief said 8,353 children will receive the cash transfer in kebbi state and 2,629 children will also receive their cash transfer in zamfara state.
Durnnian revealed that each child enlisted on the cash transfer programme would receive $152 US equivalent to N48000.
“In the Phase two of the programme , 1,995 numbers of children are targeted to receive first disbursement under the second phase in kebbi state and only 820 children will get transfer in zamfara state”
He emphasized that both states uses mobile data collection application to register beneficiaries and monitor payment.
“lack of finances in families, and because children in rural areas have lesser chances of attending schools. High number of girls in the north are already dropped out of school due to socio cultural reasons”
The representative of CAPRA International, John Adeoti , said the cash transfer programme is not only about enrolment of the children into schools but also to increase the quality of education.
Sokoto state coordinator of the Cash Transfer Programme, Mamuda Galadinma said the state had already started Sustainability programme, he said sokoto state government in January disbursed the sum of N10,100 to beneficiaries.
Contained in the Picture below are beneficiaries of cash Transfer Programme in sokoto state, Aisha Mande daughter and Umaima mande(mother) and sokoto state coordinator of CTP.
Photograph taken in Abuja at the UNICEF training