COVID-19: Bauchi Govt, Japan, UNESCO Collaborate to Tackle Disruption to Learning

COVID-19: Bauchi Govt, Japan, UNESCO Collaborate to Tackle Disruption to Learning

By Ahmed Ahmed

The Bauchi Government collaborated with Japan and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations UNESCO to tackle the disruptions of learning, sexual gender based violence caused by COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

Mrs Magdalena Anene maidoh representive of the director UNESCO regional office abuja announced this at the formal launch of the Japan – UNESCO projects on Wednesday in Bauchi.

She said the project was tagged “Empowering women and girls for better wellbeing through Education in Nigeria,”

Maidoh explained that the project was set to tackle the disruption of learning and surge of sexual gender based violence (SGBV) brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As well as promoting the empowerment of women girls in the marginalised Community said for resilience strengthening and self actualization through Education.

“The project is a tool for effective advocacy on eliminating sexual gender based violence (SGBV) and reducing the spread of COVID-19 contributing to peace and stability and inclusive development to beneficiary states of Bauchi, Gombe and Delta,” She said.

Mrs maidoh pointed out that the project is expected to be achieved through the combined impact of psychosocial rehabilitation, Community media empowerment and second chance education opportunities.

She said the project was funded by UNESCO with funding from the Japanese Government to carry out the project in the state of Bauchi, Gombe and Delta in the country.

Responding , Professor Sani Mallami, Senior Adviser to the Bauchi state Governor on Multisectoral expressed Government support to implement the projects in the state.

He said the present administration will provide all the counterpart funding required for the smooth implementation of the project in the state.

He commended UNESCO for selecting Bauchi for the implementation of the project saying in particular, the state government is addressing gender based violence in synergy with critical stakeholders in the society.

“We are really delighted to receive you on behalf of the Government and people of Bauchi state on this very rewarding and mutually beneficial program that you will implement in Bauchi. We thank you sincerely for bringing this project to us in Bauchi.”

He said the project would add value and compliment government efforts in reducing the disruption of learning and the scourge of SGBV in the state.

Mallami pledged continued support during the implementation of the project effectively in the state.

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