Insurgency: Over 3,000 teachers killed, 1,500 schools affected in Borno, Adamawa, Yobe – Alkali
The Managing Director, North East Development Commission (NEDC), Mohammed Alkali, has said that 12 years of insurgency in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states has led to the killing of 3,795 teachers and razing of 1,500 schools.
Alkali stated this while flagging off the five-day training of 300 teachers at the Kashim Ibrahim College of Education, Maiduguri, Borno.
He said education is critical to the post-insurgency recovery programmes in the region, adding that the training would rebuild and enhance the capacity of teachers to improve their teaching skills.
“This requires that we invest in critical educational infrastructure and programmes by returning students to the rebuilt schools, the conflict has also led to increase in school drop-outs, low school enrolment.
“Low rate of transition to higher education levels, long terms effects, he asserted, comprise overcrowding and loss of instructional hours”, he said.
The Managing Director warned that adolescent girls and boys were at risk of joining armed groups, with increased levels of exploitation and abuse, as the region had the lowest rate of literacy with rising poverty and unemployment.
While commenting on teachers’ capacity building, he disclosed that 1,500 teachers would be trained, commencing with 300 in Borno and replicated in the affected states of the region.
“The teachers would learn to improve their educational skills and overall organisation, time management, technical knowledge and motivate the students through provision of psycho-social support, as well as invest in the future of the children with professional growth,” he said.
Chairman of Limo Holdings Consult, Lawan Alhaji, said the teachers were being trained in basic education at the primary and junior secondary levels. (inreporters.com)