By: Joy Odor/Kaduna…………..
The Executive Director, Gender Awareness Trust (GAT), Dr. Lydia Umar has called on the Kaduna State Government as matter of urgency reverse the decision banning interventions from the Parent Teachers Association (PTA) in improving conditions in schools.
She made the call while contributing as a participant at the three-day capacity building workshop on the Collective Action for Adolescent Girls Initiative (CAAGI) and Voice to the People (V2P) projects in Kaduna State, North-West, Nigeria on Wednesday.
Dr. Lydia Umar argued that while the PTA was active, interventions like security and others were taken care of, lamenting that now, schools are left open without security, bandits use schools as hid outs, smoking joints, road passing and refuse dumps.
“The PTA was doing very well before now and assisting in addressing some issues. We know the government’s decision was in good faith, but it is not yielding desired results. For instance, issues like brooms and other sanitation materials were being provided but PTA,” she emphasized.
Also contributing at the session, Danladi Musa who came in as a community representative from Fagachi, Soba Local Government Area described the school feeding programme as a misplaced priority.
He argued that instead, the government should channel such funds into provision of educational materials that would enhance learning.
“I recall when growing up in Kano State, the government was providing materials like books and Biro’s which enhanced the learning process,” he added.
The workshop which ends on Wednesday was organized by the Christian Aid Nigeria in collaboration with Voice to the People (V2P) and Development Communications (DEVCOMS) Network which seek to devise measures that improve the lives and conditions of targeted groups through building the capacity of local media organizations and journalists in reporting developmental issues.