By Gift Olivia Samuel, Gabriel Ameh
ABUJA: The establishment of the National commission for Nomadic Education (NCNE) in Nigeria in 1989 created a wider opportunity for the estimated population of 9.3 million nomads in Nigeria to acquire literacy skills.
To improve the literacy rate of the nomads, the NCNE employed various approaches such as the on-site schools, the shift system and the islamiyya to provide literacy to the nomads. Unfortunately, the approach did not yield viable result according to the Commission’s appraisal report.
It is on this premise that the Indonesian Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria took the initiative through her Ambassador to build classrooms, toilets, library and play ground for some nomadic schools in Abuja.
The Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria, AVM (Rtd) Dr. H. Usra Hendra Harahap, on Thursday, in his welcome address at the cutting ceremony at three LEA Nomadic Primary Schools located at Galadimawa, Airport Road Abuja, expressed his profound gratitude to the Federal government of Nigeria for her immense support and assistant in providing an opportunity to give back to the society, by educating the Nigerian child.
He equally noted that Nigeria and Indonesia are world communities which are only separated by administrative matters but have same goal—to educate the children.
The Ambassador, while presenting the building works to the beneficiary schools, L.E.A Nomadic Primary School Galadimawa, RUGA (2), One block of two classrooms; L.E.A Nomadic Primary School Angwan Fulani, Lugbe Airport Road; One block of mini library, L.E.A Nomadic primary school Aso Estate lugbe Airport Road, and one block of toilet for boys and girls and a mini play ground, called for the support of the nomad children, in ensuring that they are given basic education as part of the Indonesian support for children’s education.
The Indonesian Ambassador further appreciated the successful completion of the charity works to the schools through the collaboration of the Indonesian embassy in Abuja with the Indonesian Ladies Association in Nigeria, led by Mrs. Nenny Harahap.
For his part, the Director, Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB), Dr. Adam Jatau Noma, who was represented at the charity event by Mrs. Helen Ibezin, Head of Primary School UBEB, said the presence of UBEB at the event is significant, and appreciated the gesture of the Indonesian embassy to the nomads, stating that the embassy indeed has the interest of the Nigerian children at heart.
In addition, Dr Noma said such gesture shown by the Indonesian embassy to the children will forever remain in their hearts, and the impact will be on to generations.
Finally, while admonishing the nomadic children to sit up tight and learn with the minimal learning materials they have at their reach, he also hinted the Indonesian embassy of UBEB’s sustainable partnership with them in such areas.
Also speaking, the Parent Teachers’ Association (PTA) Chairman, Mallam Mohammadu Bello, who took time to appreciate the great work done by the Indonesian embassy to better the lives of their wards, called for more support from other organizations for the growth of the nation, by educating the children and providing conducive learning environment to them.
Meanwhile, The Sight News in an interview with the Principal, L.E.A Nomadic School Galadima 2 RUGA, Mr. Dahiru Idris, gathered that the school was established January 4, 1999, started with 15 students on the enrolment list, but now has a population of 105 students with however, only three teachers to transfer knowledge to them.
He listed the challenges facing the school and affecting the children’s learning abilities to include; Lack of adequate teachers,; Lack of teaching and instructional aids; Lack of infrastructural amenities such as classrooms, water, libraries etc; and encroachment of their lands by surrounding estate owners.
The principal who called for more assistance from the Nigerian government and UBEB, also used the medium to profoundly appreciate the building of a block of two classrooms by the Indonesian embassy in Abuja to the nomadic school, adding that with such gestures and support, the teachers and children will be motivated greatly both to teach and also to learn.
While baring her mind to The Sight News reporter, a teacher Ms. Naomi Jonathan, appreciated the building of classroom by the Indonesian embassy to the school, adding that as at 2017, the students did not have good classrooms and barely spoke English nor understood her while teaching but now, they show great interest and willingness to learn.
“I am calling for the attention of UBEB and other bodies for more classrooms to be built, more teachers to be employed and teaching aids to be made available to enhance teaching and learning in the school”, she said.