NEMA Seeks Learning Materials For School Children At Gombe Displaced Persons Camp


BEVERLY HILLS, September 10, (THEWILL) - The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has called on people of goodwill to help with learning materials for children at the camp for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Gombe.

The Acting Head of Operations for the Gombe Office of NEMA, Hajyia Zainab Umar Ali, who made the call on Wednesday, said the pupils in the camp were in desperate need of learning materials such as textbooks, writing materials, pencils and many other learning facilities.

She disclosed that the Gombe camp is home to over 630 persons, mostly children, who are in dire need of learning materials for the temporary Primary School operating at the camp.

Maintaining that though the school is located in an IDP Camp and in a makeshift environment, the school uses only one classroom for Primaries one to six but runs two shifts in a day for the children.

She however commended the resilience of parents at the camp, some of whom are teachers, and the support of the state Government through the Ministry of Education in supplementing the school with enough teachers.

She said the camp with over 630 persons also has a clinic which is being run by the State Ministry of Health to cater for the health challenges of the IDPs. She said healthy measures are also being enforced with the availability of enough water for the people. 'Because of all these facilities, we have not had very serious outbreak of diseases and this has attracted many IDPs from Biu IDP camp in Borno State which we discourage their relocation to this camp,' she explained.