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Borno Provides Primary Education At IDP Camps

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BEVERLY HILLS, April 23, (THEWILL) – Children of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at the various IDPs camps in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, now have access to basic primary education.

The state government which established the primary schools in the camps said the decision was informed by the need to adequately prepare the children for school when they eventually return to their communities.

Chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Alhaji Grema Terab, who made the disclosure Thursday while taking journalists round the camps, said volunteer teachers are being brought to teach at the schools, maintaining that displaced teachers from the troubled communities would be brought in to take classes.

According to him, “Since the teachers from the troubled communities are still drawing monthly salaries without teaching, arrangement is been made to draft them to the newly established schools at the camps.”

Terab also disclosed that there are plans to also establish secondary schools at the camps to enable secondary students who were forced to flee their towns because of the insurgency continue their studies.

Disclosing that books and other instructional materials at the camps were donated by the Universal Basic Education (UBE), Terab stressed that the state government was determined to provide the necessary comfort for the IDPs.

“The governor has made it top priority to see to it that the internally displaced persons are well fed and taken care of.

“We have not for a day shy away from our responsibilities to the special class of people. In fact we have daily introduced programmes to make them feel as if they were in their home as you can see with the introduction of schools .

“The state is blessed by Governor Kashim Shettima who has made the welfare of the IDPs the number one priority of his administration since the outbreak of the Boko Haram crisis.

“The First Lady has also been of immense assistance as she has always have something to give to the IDPs through her pet project, the SWOT Foundation,” he said.