By Fortune Abang
The Mass Literacy for Less Privileged and Almajiri Initiative (MALLPAI) Foundation, an NGO, has called for urgent proactive action to curb attacks on schools.
The Wife of Kebbi Governor, Hajiya Aisha Bagudu, also Founder and initiator of the foundation, made the call while briefing newsmen in Abuja.
Bagudu spoke on the sidelines of activities marking this year’s International Literacy Day (ILD) with the theme: “Literacy for a human-centered recovery: Narrowing the digital divide’’, in Abuja.
“The attacks on schools have become very worrisome and constitute a threat to the education system.
“This is sad. The government alone cannot stop this.
”The community needs to be involved and report instances of suspicious movements by these kidnappers.
”When you are walking with your own child, you will realise your child gets tired or will cry and somebody will even hear the child crying, but everybody is scared to mention.
“It is important to state that this is what is happening. If we do not get involved to tackle this problem, there is no way it will end.
“We must not continue to say the government is not doing enough or have to pay ransom and keep quiet,” she said.
She also noted that COVID-19 had disrupted education at an unprecedented scale since Sept. 8, 2020.
“We are all government, we only have leaders, but we need to help each other, educate one child and you have done a lot for that family,’’ she said.
She identified lack of funding and investment in literacy project as major challenge, noting “sometimes people think because I am governor’s wife it is a pet project.’’
She said the foundation would carry out awareness campaign from Sept. 17 to Sept. 18 in Abuja, to empower young people, women and the girl-child in area of skills acquisition.
MALLPAI Foundation was established in 2009 with core focus on revamping the problem of mass literacy alongside empowering youths, unskilled women and girls’ children.
The ILD is celebrated annually on Sept. 8, globally to explore how literacy contribute to building solid foundation for a human-centered recovery, with focus on interplay of literacy and digital skills. (NAN)