Zamfara State government has called on the United Nations International Children Education Fund (UNICEF) to assist the state in it’s bid to coming up with strategies that are aimed at ending corporal punishment in schools under the basic education arrangement.
The executive chairman made the call during an interface with critical stakeholders in education including security agencies in Gusau the state capital on Thursday.
Those summoned for the interface included traditional rulers, members of the state SBMC, and other stakeholders and according to the Public Relations Officer of the board Ibrahim Musa Maizare, the meeting was organized by the board together with the UNICEF.
The Chairman urged the stakeholders to support the government initiative in ending measures that are considered threat to the development of education in the state.
He assured that, the present administration is making effort toward coming up with the initiative that would help in reviving education in the state.
UNICEF consultant Ahmad Hashim Tsanu who presented a paper titled “Overview on violence against schools a call to stop corporal punishment in schools” said all stakeholders and indeed the security agencies have a greater role to play in ending corporal punishment in all public schools and when synergy is enhanced, the objective could be achieved.
On his part, Mahe Bello focal person UNICEF representing Zamfara state Ministry of Education presented a paper titled “the effects of corporal punishment on children enrollment, retention transition and completion of basic education which features various strategies aimed at ending corporal punishment in schools.