In an effort to sharpen their skills towards effective service delivery, the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has embarked on a 5-day training seminar for social mobilisation officers, school based management committee (SBMC) and desk officers from UBEC and State Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBEBs) respectively.
Declaring the 5-day training session open in Calabar, UBEC Executive Secretary, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, said the workshop was aimed at adopting proactive measures and initiatives for engaging school level stakeholders in addressing challenges of access and equitable quality in the provision of basic education and ensuring effective utilization of available learning opportunities at the basic level.
Represented by UBEC Director of Administration and Supplies, Rt. Rev. Edwin Musa Jarumai, the UBEC boss urged participants to redouble their efforts in deriving maximum benefit from the training in order to be able to lead and drive the various processes and activities aimed at ensuring effective collaboration between grassroots stakeholders and policy makers in the UBE programme implementation.
“The concept of Social Mobilisation and SBMC in UBE delivery is central to efforts aimed at institutionalizing community ownership of the structure and processes for UBE delivery in their domains.
“The 5-day training will witness the presentation of papers by renowned resources persons and consultants from UBEC and UNICEF as well as plenary and syndicate shared interactions,” he said, and added that UNICEF is UBEC’s major partners in the SBMC intervention in Nigeria.
He believed that the training would provide direction and added value to mechanisms put in place by UBEC, SUBEBs, UNICEF and other UBE stakeholders in broadening the partnership for UBE delivery at all levels.
Present at the opening session of the seminar were high ranking UBEC officials, including the UBEC Social Mobilization Director, Alhaji Bello Kagara, Zonal Director, UBEC South-South Zonal Office, Mr. Osahon Obinoba and State Coordinator, UBEC, Cross River state office, Mr. Francis Etuk and many others.