The books are the first of 100,000 that will go to school children in Borno state within the next 12 months, a period that will also see the initiative collaborate with non-governmental organizations, civil societies, businesses, individuals and the government in setting up makeshift schools and rehabilitating children gravely affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in the state.
“We are proud of this day,” said Borno state deputy governor, Usman Durkwa, who received the donation on behalf the government on Wednesday. “The Borno state government will do everything possible ensure that no children are not left out of this project.”
1 GAME Campaign has been intervening in education in Nigeria’s northeastern region since September 2013 when it carried out access campaigns on school enrollment in Borno and Gombe states. In the last three years, it has contributed to the enrollment of nearly 10,000 children into schools in the region.
“We now doing much more than asking parents to send their children to school,” Philip Obaji, founder and coordinator of the Campaign, said. “We want them to have where to learn, and the stationery they need to achieve this.”
Education in Borno state has been in an abysmal state since Boko Haram began its uprising in 2009. Throughout the period about 611 teachers have been killed; 19,000 more teachers displaced; 1,500 schools closed down; and 950,000 children denied the opportunity of accessing education.
Photo: 1 GAME founder, Philip Obaji (left) and Borno state deputy governor, Usman Durkwa (next to Obaji) and the later received the books on behalf of the Borno government.