FG Trains 650 Youths In Nasarawa Under At-Risk Children Programme
The Federal Government (FG) in collaboration with the Nasarawa State Government have trained 650 youths from the 13 Local Government Areas (LGAs) as facilitators of At-Risk Children Programme (ARC-P) in the state.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the three weeks training on Wednesday in Lafia, Mrs Maryam Uwais, Special Adviser (SA) to the President on Social Investments, said the facilitators were equipped with requisite knowledge to help address the out of school children.
She said the At-Risk initiative was a strategic approach to solving the myriad issues affecting the enrolment of children in schools in the communities.
Uwais, who revealed that the 650 facilitators were expected to give a monthly report on the progress of each child under their care and help the children beyond acquisition of knowledge to mentorship.
The Presidential adviser said, “I like to tell you that we have placed a lot of responsibility on you; you have been trained to handle the responsibility of other children beyond learning.
“You will take care of the children in your communities, you will be expected to not only supervise and teach them, you will also monitor them.
“You will make sure you give us a report every month on how each and every child that has been assigned to you is progressing within your community,” she added.
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The SA to the President therefore lauded Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State for his corporation and support toward ensuring the success of the programme.
Also, Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State represented by the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Aisha Rufai-Ibrahim said the 650 youths were trained on knowledge and skills.
Sule explained that 50 youths were selected from each of the 13 LGAs to ensure fairness and equal opportunity to all the parts of the state.
The governor further said that the facilitators were trained in seven areas which are; basic education and literacy, agriculture, climate change, health and nutrition, digital skills, sports, substance abuse.
He added that each facilitator would be assigned to teach and mentor 50 of out of school children and adults from one to 24 years in thier respective communities.
“They are expected to provide basic education and vocational skills to the out of school persons under thier care in order to make thier lives worthwhile,” he added.
“The government would pay the facilitators N30, 000 monthly to enable them do thier new assigned job with ease,” He said.
Gov. Sule expressed optimism that the programme would go a long way toward addressing menace of street begging involving children in the state.
Some of the facilitators who spoke on behalf of others, Miss Mbewashi Danboyi and Mr Joel Ovey lauded the Federal and Nasarawa State Governments for the opportunity and training.
The duo said they were trained in knitting, sawing, shoe making, tie and dye and crop production among others.