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CASFOD commemorates the International Day of Education with Pioneering Education Initiatives

CASFOD commemorates the International Day of Education with Pioneering Education initiatives

In its commitment to transforming education in conflict-affected communities, CASFOD marked the IDE with an impactful event attended by schoolchildren, education stakeholders, and development partners.

In line with CASFOD’s dedication to supporting adolescent education, and enhancing learning outcomes in public schools, the IDE event featured several partners, including Education Cannot Wait, UNICEF, Save the Children, CATAI, Plan International, TDH, and several other partners.

The event embraced a holistic approach, encompassing an insightful panel discussion on climate change. Experts in climate action explored ways for addressing climate crisis and the critical role children play in these solutions. The event also showcased the finals of the spelling bee and tech-driven mathematics quiz competitions, where Chad Basin Junior Secondary School, Jere emerged victorious. The winning school got home with N300,000 which would be used to advance the education of girl-children in the school. Similarly, the 1st runner-up (Lamisula JSS, MMC) and the 2nd runner-up (Kaleri JSS, Mafa) went home with N150, 000 and N100,000 respectively.

The competitions involved 43 schools from Jere, Kaga, Konduga, Mafa, and MMC LGAs of Borno State. Focused on elevating learning outcomes, and fostering a culture of excellence and healthy competition, CASFOD aims to inspire students to excel academically.

The event gained support and insights from dignitaries, including UNICEF Head of Field Office, Maiduguri, Pyuong T. Nguyen, member representing MMC at the Borno State House of Assembly, Hon. Ali Kotoko, Former Commissioner of Education Borno State, Hon. Musa Inuwa Kubo, representative of the Borno State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), representatives form key development partners such as Education in Emergencies, Save the Children, Plan International, UNICEF, Education Cannot Wait, TDH, Borno State Children’s Parliament. Several speakers shared insights on global education advancement.

Phuong T. Nguyen, UNICEF Chief, emphasised the link between education and peace, stating, ‘education is a global resource for learning and for acquiring relevant skills for opportunities in today’s world. Education promotes well-being, it is a catalyst for peace.’

The Executive Director, CASFOD expressed gratitude for the collaborative efforts of education stakeholders and development partners, recognising the positive impact on learning outcomes. He further urged continued support, he states that ‘improving learning outcomes and fostering digital literacy are the major objectives of this event in line with this year’s theme; learning for lasting peace.’

Musa Inuwa Kubo, Former Commissioner of Education, Borno State, delivered a compelling speech, underscoring education’s pivotal role as a driver for social change and development. He emphasised effective education as an indispensable tool required to thrive and survive in an ever-changing ecosystem. He states that, ‘education is a critical tool or a driver for social change and development.’

This event is a testament to CASFOD’s commitment to transforming the educational landscape in conflict-affected populations, with support from partners and stakeholders.

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