Bauchi State Government and UNESCO on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to train 50, 000 girls and women in basic education through the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT).
Mr Macaulay Olushola, National Professional Officer, Communication and Information Sector, UNESCO Abuja, said this in a statement.
Olushola said that the MoU was signed during the courtesy visit of some UNESCO officials to Bauchi State Governor, Mr Mohammed Abubakar.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the empowerment programme would be the second phase of the project by UNESCO and product of Procter and Gamble, a Consumer Product company.
The project in its first phase empowered 60,000 girls and women in the state.
The statement quoted the governor as saying, “we must give the opportunity for those who lost the opportunity of education during their childhood.
“This will enable the 50,000 girls and women have a second chance so that citizens of the state will enjoy basic education, which in turn will lead to better life for them.
“Education opens all doors, health care delivery improves, when you have that, other social ills are attacked and settled,” the governor said.
Also, Mr Yao Ydo, the Director, Multi-Sectorial Regional office, Abuja, said the project would empower the girls and women in skills development through Information Communication Technology.
According to Ydo, “School Meet the Learners Approach” would be deployed to implement the project that would last for two years.
“The School Meet the Learners Approach project, is for the empowerment of girls and women in literacy and skills development through the use of ICT.
“It is expected to improve the performance of the low performing Junior Secondary School Two (JSS 2) girls who have difficulties in some specific subjects in school.
“It will also empower women on literacy and skills development through the use of ICT.
“The signing of the MoU opens another window of opportunity in Bauchi State, prepares us to move together to empower 50,000 girls and women in the next two years of the project,” he said.