The Presidency on Tuesday said only 18 of the 3,079 entries received from displaced children in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States for its education advocacy programme emerged winners after rigorous essay writing competitions.
The Vice President’s Spokesman, Laolu Akande, said in a statement issued in Abuja stated that 1,337 entries were received from Borno; 1,230 from Adamawa and 512 from Yobe.
According to him, the programme was aimed at adopting the children as main advocates of education and voices countering extreme violence, “in order to break the radicalization process of insurgency and other violent acts.”
He said drama presentations, community events and focused mentorship were also being staged at internally displaced camps “to provide an uncommon window to take the counter-terrorism fight from the battlefield right into the minds of these children.”
He said the advocacy programme would complement the Federal Government’s recovery efforts in the north-east by using education as a tactical tool to return dignity and normalcy to the affected children as well as engage them actively “in advocacy to counter violent extremism.”
He stated: “This education advocacy, which raises the voices of the children as advocates, is a model that directly engages the children in conversations concerning their educational visions and helps to to create a sense of involvement and enhance the success and sustainability of their education.
“It is targeted at school-aged children displaced in the north-eastern states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe and the competition commenced simultaneously in the three states witnessing unprecedented acceptance as thousands of enthusiastic school aged-children obtained their entry packs in the primary, junior and senior secondary schools categories.”
According to him, “the grand finale holds Thursday in Maiduguri where the finalists will present their education advocacy videos at an event to be attended by dignataries and functionaries from across the three states.
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