The Executive Secretary of the Bauchi State Universal Basic Education Board, Professor Yahya Yero has said the agency is intensifying efforts to ensure timely production and distribution of the project’s Mu Karanta! Let’s Read! teaching and learning materials to primary schools across the state.
He disclosed this when the USAID Northern Education Initiative Plus team led by the Acting Chief of Party, Nurudeen Lawal visited his office recently.
“We are happy to be partnering with the United States Government through the Northern Education Initiative Plus and we will not relent in our efforts of delivering quality education to school children. We know the books are not enough and we will do everything within our capacity to ensure the schools and pupils get their books,” he said.
The Acting Chief of Party, Nurudeen Lawal, in his remarks, stressed the need for schools to have qualified headteachers to motivate teachers and pupils to perform better.
“Learning will be impactful and interesting when the best teachers assume the role of headteachers and when pupils have learning materials they can use to study,” he said.
Commending the state government’s support to schools in the local governments, NEI Plus Bauchi State Team Lead, Mustapha Ahmad urged all relevant stakeholders to work together to deliver quality education to pupils.
“Stakeholders should collaborate to make good decisions that improve educational standards for children. Without good decisions, it will be difficult to give children quality education,” Ahmad said.
Meanwhile, pupils from Tudun Salmanu Primary School, Bauchi State showcased their reading skills during a community mobilization exercise to the school.
The pupils comprising of four boys and girls from Primary 2 and 3 fluently read text randomly selected from the English and Hausa Mu Karanta! Let’s Read! pupils’ books.
Reading activities now feature prominently in this school at a learning corner set up in the headteacher’s office. There are a variety of the project’s Mu Karanta! Let’s Read! learning materials as well as story books both in English and Hausa languages, which pupils use to improve their reading skills in the corner.
The school’s headteacher, Amina Jarma said teachers bring pupils in batches three times every week to the learning corner to practice reading which has boosted their confidence.
A primary three pupil, Aisha Ibrahim, said she is always excited when visiting the learning corner.
“I like to read, and I feel happy when my teacher ask me to read,” she said.
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