NIGERIA. Borno state: 154 pupils orphaned by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states have graduated from primary and secondary classes at the Northeast Children’s Trust Fund in Borno state.
The children were trained in different areas such as coding and artificial intelligence to help in advancing their educational careers.
According to the Headmaster of the Special Learning Center, Sikiru Olawoyin, the structure was put in place to support vulnerable children affected by Boko Haram insurgents and also to help in their rehabilitation.
Olawoyin made known that out of 154 graduating pupils, out of which 80 of them are girls while the rest are boys.
The Center, which houses Nursery, Primary, and Secondary sections, presently has 525 students acquiring knowledge combined from Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the centre, Mariam Masha, affirmed that the centre has a total number of 525 children; 337 boys and 188 girls.
“The centre currently has 472 pupils at the Primary level and 26 at the Secondary level”, Masha added.
Masha also said that the secondary school pupils took lessons in coding and programming, as well as web design and programming respectively.
“The centre is a place to nurture, empower and renew our children and I believe right here before us, is proof that the Northeast Children’s Trust can deliver on that mandate”, Masha acknowledged.
The Vice-Chairman of the centre, Professor Hauwa Biu implored the students not to forget all the lessons they have learnt at the Centre but should put them into practice.
“As you all graduate to the secondary classes, Always take care of one another as you are all seen as one big family and group of people who will grow, impact and achieve things together and are willing to support one another”, Biu said.
The Northeast Children’s Trust Fund Center was set up by the federal government of Nigeria in 2019 to cater for children affected by the insurgency in the region.
However, the Borno state government has said that approximately 54,000 children were orphaned in the past 12 years of the persistent Boko Haram fight.