The Bauchi State government is collaborating with Japan and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisations (UNESCO) to tackle disruption of learning, sexual gender-based violence brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mrs Yachat Nuhu, UNESCO’s Communication and Information Officer, Multisectoral Regional Office, Abuja, stated this at the formal launch of the Japan–UNESCO projects yesterday in Bauchi.
The project is tagged “Empowering Women and Girls for Better Well-being through Education in Nigeria.”
“The project will also promote empowerment of women and girls in marginalised communities for resilience, strength and self-actualisation, through education.
“The project is a tool for effective advocacy on eliminating SGBV, reducing the spread of COVID-19, contributing to peace and stability and inclusive development in Bauchi, Gombe and Delta states,” she said.
Nuhu pointed out that the project was expected to be achieved through the combined impact of psycho-social rehabilitation, community media empowerment and second-chance education opportunities.
She said the project, funded by UNESCO and the Japanese government, was being implemented in Bauchi, Gombe and Delta states
Senior Adviser to the Bauchi State Governor on Multi-sectoral Interventions Prof. Sani Malami expressed the government’s support for the implementation of the project.
Mallami said the project would add value and complement government efforts in reducing the disruption of learning and the scourge of SGBV in the state.
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