At Shara Community in Sumaila local government area of Kano state, accessing education means you have to travel long distances.
Before now, a majority of the community’s youth population had not acquired primary education.
But now, that is about to change as a primary school has opened there.
An headmaster, and a classroom teacher have been deployed to formally kick start the basic education school with the approval of the authorities at Sumaila Local Education Authority(LEA).
This feat was facilitated by the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD).
Programme Officer at CITAD, Sagiru Abubakar, stated that the school was part of the non-profit’s advocacy for universal access to basic education and had been informally run for three years as pure community school in terms of funding and other support.
He said the school has now been formally registered with the Local Government Education Authority.
Some two weeks ago, CITAD at a ceremony distributed learning kits to pupils in the community as part of preparations for school resumption after the long vacation.
Abubakar added that representatives from the LEA, Sumaila Local Government Area during the occasion pledged to integrate the school into its curriculum in fulfillment of which two teachers were sent to formally flag off the school.
“On Tuesday 10th September, 2019, in preparation for the resumption of school activities CITAD went and distributed uniforms and writing materials for pupils in a ceremony that was witnessed by education officials from Sumaila Local Government Area,” a statement by the CITAD official read.
“During the occasion, the Education Secretary of the Local Government, Alhaji Sabo Aliyu who was represented by Malam Mukhtar Uba Sumaila promised that the Local Education Authority would provide teacher to the school and urge the School Based Management Committee to visit the Education Secretary so that they can be formally registered and be in line for state.
“On Tuesday 17th September, 2019, the Committee visited ES and was duly registered. Today I would like to share with you that the Local Government Education Authority has fulfilled its promise of sending teachers to the school” Abubakar said.
He added that on 16th September, 2019, the members of Shara community received the two teachers posted by the LEA to formally flag off the school.
He however, pleaded with the state government to carry the community along in its Free Education Policy and to quickly embark on the building classrooms in the school saying already the Community had donated land for building of classroom blocks.