The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) on Wednesday trained the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) directors to improve their skills on Universal Basic Education (UBE) programmes.

Its Executive Secretary, Dr Hamid Bobboyi, who said this at a capacity-building workshop in Abuja, urged the participants to key to the attainment of the set objectives aimed at universalising basic education nationwide.

Bobboyi was represented by Prof. Bala Zakari, the Deputy Executive Secretary, in charge of Technical in the commission.

According to him, participants should ensure that all stakeholders particularly the beneficiaries of UBE services support the government’s initiatives in the programme implementation.

“As you are aware, the UBE programme seeks to ensure unhindered access to quality basic education for every Nigerian child regardless of gender, socio-economic background or geographical location.

“You are also aware that this idea can only be attained, if all stakeholders commit to ensuring that UBE activities are well planned, implemented and sustained at the federal, state and local government levels.

“This is in line with the peculiarities of the needs of specific classes of learners in each domain.

“You will agree that achieving success in this regard demands among others, consensus building, effective partnerships, and synergies across all segments of the UBE delivery processes,’’ UBEC chief said.

He added that the workshop was a deliberate plan to further sharpen the skills of the officers as well as challenge the effective deployment of their inert potentials.

The executive secretary expressed optimism that the training would further encourage officials to carry out their functions especially in the areas of sensitisation, advocacy and mobilisation.

“You will agree with me that only competent and skilled officials can successfully coordinate and provide the desired leadership in the implementation of essential UBE delivery programmes.

“Especially in advocacy, sensitisation and mobilisation campaigns, School Based Management Committee School Improvement Programme (SBMC-SIP), and the Open Schooling Programme, (OSP).

“Other critical initiatives are effective School Programme (ESP), UBE Partnerships, Enrolment Drive, Out-of-School Children related interventions, and other key reform initiatives,’’ he said.

In her remarks, the Deputy Director, Social Mobilisation Department of the commission, Hajia Sidikat Shomope, charged participants on new ideas for better education delivery outcome.

Shomope also urged the participants to acquaint themselves with best practices that would take Nigerian education sector to a greater height.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the training was organised for SUBEB Directors of Social Mobilisation and UBEC Social Mobilisation Officers across the 36 states and FCT. (NAN)

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