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UBEB adopts non-formal educational code of conduct

The Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB) of0 the Federal Capital Territory ( FCT) has adopted the use of the Educating Nigeria Girls in New Enterprises (ENGINE II) Code of Conduct developed for adult and non-formal education learning centres.

Initiated by an NGO, the Tabitha Cumi Foundation (TCF), the code of conduct was developed by the National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-formal Education (NMEC) and ENGINE II, a project sponsored by DFID for marginalized girls in rural communities.

The Deputy Director of the Board, Bako Hussaini, who represented the Director, Dr. Adamu Noma, while receiving the documents from the team, stated that the Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Code of Conduct (CVAP) and life skills manuals were used in over 800 primary and junior high schools in the territory.

He added that the board would empower and equip many girls on CVAP with knowledge and response mechanisms through the post-ENGINE programme, given the rising incidences of violence and girl abuse across the country.He further said the partners had helped improve girls' attendance at school in rural communities, adding that the focus on girls was due to the alarming percentage of out-of-school girls growing.

NMEC's Executive Secretary, Prof. Abubakar Haladu, said the code of conduct was intended to provide some form of supervision and to ensure that learners are covered wherever they are in the country, but, he said it seems to be the first time that a code of conduct has been drafted to direct and govern non-formal education activities in the country.

Tayo Erinle, while using the MNEC Radio Literacy program to teach primarily basic and post-basic learners in far-reaching communities that did not have android phones during the COVID-19 lockdown, said that they had code of conduct on which they worked for formal education within the FCT and also initiated it for non-formal learners.

You know that non-formal learners are adults and they have their way of life; some are traders and bring their wares to the centers of learning. Some even bring their kids along, but it is important to have a code of conduct to show what is permissible and what is not permitted within the learning environment and to protect the learners from many things.It is important because there is a lot of power play, facilitators who might take advantage of it, and we have to make the learning environment secure for them, "she added.

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