Community Involvement Key To Solving Problems In The Education Sector – Gov. Ganduje
Posted On Oct 17, 2016
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has stressed the need for increased community participation in the state, in view of the vast challenges in the sector and the limitation of resources at the disposal of the government.
According to him, “community participation in education is a means to increase resources, ensure a more cost-effective use of resources and improve accountability of schools to the community they serve, thereby improving the quality of education”.
“More than ever before, communities, individuals and groups must come together to save the sector of education in Kano, going by the number of our children going to school, the challenges of poor infrastructure and even facilities at all levels, from basic to tertiary education”, he stated.
He explained that there are vital areas in which communities can be involved in education, from sourcing funds and renovating or constructing classrooms, to providing teaching and learning aids as well as auxiliary facilities.
The governor spoke during a reception organized by Rano Education Promotion Committee in honour of Alh. Auwalu Abdullahi Rano, who single handedly renovated Abubakar Ila Primary School in Rano town, headquarters of the local government.
Dr. Ganduje stated his administration was moved by the falling standard of education in the state, to establish education promotion committees, to involve communities in managing especially primary education.
He, therefore, praised Alh. Auwalu Abdullahi Rano, who through A.A. Rano Foundation, renovated the public school for the benefit of pupils whose parents are mostly peasants, urging other wealthy individuals to emulate him.
In his address, the state Deputy Governor and Commissioner for Education Science and Technology, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar, emphasized on the need toinvolve communities in a broader range of activities in a genuinely-participatory way, to give education in the state a magnificent rebirth.
Also speaking, the Imam of Rano Tsohon Gari Juma’at Mosque, Ustaz Dayyabu Umar Me Mai, focused on communal spirit in Islam, quoting copious Islamic references, highlighting that investing in education earns for the investor eternal reward.
Responding, Alh. Auwalu Abdullahi Rano, thanked the community recognizing his modest effort, praying that Allah will support him to do more for his people and for humanity in general.