The Federal Government has confirmed the engagement of over 136,000 teaching Assistants under the Federal Government’s N-power programme across the country.
Special Adviser to the President on Social Investments, Hajiya Maryam Uwais disclosed this in Kano on Monday at an interactive Social Policy Workshop on strengthening capacity to ensure sustainability for Child targeted programmes in Northern Nigeria.
She disclosed that the government was feeding 8.5 million children each school day under its school feeding programme across the country.
Uwais explained that the gesture was aimed at not only reducing the pressure on families to provide food on the table for their children but also improving learning outcomes and improves the health of the children.
“Enrolment of Children in primary schools has drastically improved. Many of our poorest citizens do not prioritise education, often due to lack of appreciation of how education can enhance the fortunes of a child,” she said.
Uwais said the school feeding programme was initiated by the Federal Government to address school enrolment problem and boost their nutrition.
“Our potential as a nation cannot be fully realised when over 40 per cent of our population is deprived of the capacity to achieve full potential.
“Where we do not deliberately plan to educate and empower our girl-child, we lose the economic potential of the value she could have contributed to herself, the household and the community, not to talk of the impact of her knowledge on her children and generations.