The Federal Government has selected six northern states for the pilot phase of its Open Schooling Programme, OSP.
The programme which was launched in early 2019 is an open learning programme aimed at reducing the high number of out-of-school children in the country.
The beneficiaries, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Kano, Adamawa and Niger, are among the 10 states which, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF are worst hit by the problem.
According to UNICEF, eight million children are out of school in the 10 endemic states, which include Bauchi, Zamfara, and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
The progeramme is a collaborative effort between the government, through the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC and the Commonwealth of Learning, COL, an educational development platform of The Commonwealth.
The Executive Secretary of UBEC, Hamid Bobboyi, said the intervention was informed by government’s concern about the high number of out-of-school children in the country.