UNICEF Partners ECEWS On Teaching Through Community-Based Platform

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United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF),  Excellence Community Education Welfare Scheme (ECEWS) have target of teaching about 500, 000 Ebonyi children through alternative home, community- based platform.

The scheme is meant to sustain Countinuing learning Through Alternative Home and Community -Based Platform Project in local government areas of the state.

Already, the program had been conducted in some local government areas of the state, being Izzi and Afikpo South,
with support from the UNICEF.

Executive Director of ECEWS, Mr Andy Eyo disclosed this during the weekend at a meeting held at UBEB office in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state capital.

Eyo stressed the need for the program to be sustained in the state especially as UNICEF through the program brought back reading culture in the areas it was in practice.

He said, ” I saw it that the people want this program and also with the little that has come it helped. I want to thank UNICEF, I think government is the major part of UNICEF, so we will continue also to engage further to know how best we can continue to make this project work.

“We can see that the state has alot of programs in maternal and child health, the government has attracted alot of partners, we pray that more partners will come in education because even the state government would still not be able to do it alone, because these are strategies that work.

“For me Community learning Hubs is a very interesting strategy, see what it has done, it inspires reading, it reduces exams malpractices and has helped many of our colleagues in pronunciations.”

Project Coordinator of ECEWS, Mrs.. Catherine Osho while explaining the goals and objectives of the programme said the program was targeted for pupils of primary 1 to 6.

She said,” the Continuing Learning Project aims at ensuring that children (boys and girls) who were not reached during the lockdown periods get the opportunity for catch-up /remedial learning and that learning continues at home and in the community.

“Build the capacity of teachers to provide psycho- socio support to children. Strengthen the capacity of School Based Management Committee (SBMCs) to improve sanitation and hygiene for safe school return and support home- base learning and monitoring school activities”.

She noted that the program was targeted to reach 500,000 children across the six L.G.As.
In Ebonyi alone the target was to reach 2000,601 children, 2,613 teachers and 386 School Based Management Committee’s.

She further stated that they were able to establish 480 reading hubs in the two L.G.A, 380 in Izzi and 94 in Afikpo South among other achievements.

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