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The Department of Special Programmes is tasked with the mandate of coordinating and implementing all Special Intervention programmes with the view to providing access, equity and standard in addressing the numerous challenges of Out-of-School Children (OOSC) in the country, through activities and programmes that are designed to impact positively and effectively on the lives of the Nigerian children. Special programme department has three (3) units namely:
2.0 Vocational/ Technical School/center and Second Chance schools/centers for girls.
Vocational and Technical Education is used as a comprehensive term referring to those aspects of the educational process involving, in addition to numeracy and literacy, study of vocational and technical education and acquisition of practical skills, attitude, related to entrepreneurial skills such as tailoring, welding, vocalizing, carpentry, baking among others. One of the objectives of JSS education is to provide the child with divers basic knowledge and skills for entrepreneurship and Educational advancement.
Vocational/Technical Education and second chance schools for girls therefore are meant to provide skills and promote lifelong learning opportunity in line with SDGs goal N. 4. It is also along this line that the Commission introduced Vocational/Technical school/ center and Second-Chance schools for girls as well as boy-child laboratory centers to provide technical skills and entrepreneurship to learners at basic education level. This is in line with UBE Programmes standard of equipping the learners at the basic education level with lifelong skills for self-reliance and to contribute to the socio-economic development of his/her immediate society and Nigeria at large. All these interventions are geared towards providing additional access, equity and standard towards curbing the incidence of out-of-school children. In order to ensure that the vacations to be acquired are indigenous, the Commission signed Memorandum of Understanding with Kaduna Polytechnic to provide services on the following main areas:
2.1 On-going Activities
School-To-Work Scheme: to further enhance acquisition of vocational and technical skills of JSS graduates, the Commission submitted a memorandum on School-To-Work scheme at the National Council on Education (NCE) meeting in 2018 and was given approval to implement the scheme. However, modalities and technicalities to kick-start the scheme is in progress. It is expected that with the introduction of this scheme in the basic education sector, learners at the end of JSS would have acquired required lifelong (vocational and technical) skills to be self-reliant and add to the economic growth of the society. The Commission is currently engaging National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and other relevant stakeholders to drive the scheme.
2.2 Activities carried out
It is gratifying to inform you that the Commission was able to complete the following:
2.3 Activities to be carried out
3.0 Special Needs Education
The Special Needs Education is supported with 2% of 2% CRF for education of children with physical and psychological challenges in order to promote inclusiveness and ensure that no child is excluded in the provision of basic education on the account of socio-economic, physical or psychological conditions. This is also to foster equity and access to free and compulsory basic education for all the children of school going age no matter the nature of disability or vulnerability.
3.1 Activities carried out
3.2 Activities to be carried out
4.0 Early Child Care Development Education
Early Child Care Development Education is the care, protection, stimulation and learning promoted in children from age 3-5 in a Crech or Nursery. It is expected that all primary schools at the basic education sub-sector operate ECCDE center as one of the standards required at that level. Only 40% of Nigeria primary school have met the standard. The ECCDE component of basic education is not left out for the purpose of enhancing access, equity and standard, the Commission is currently intervening in provision of infrastructures, learning materials and training of the caregivers and teachers of this component.
4.1 Activities carried out
4.2 Activities to be carried out
6.0 Way forward
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She hails from Bende LGA of Abia State. She holds a B.Sc, 1987 from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Dr. Danjuma hails from Bauchi State. He obtained M.Sc Public Administration and Policy Analysis from the University of Abuja, MBA form Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and Ph.D Economics from the Loughborough University, UK.