By Abdullah Tsoho, Dutse
As part of their efforts to improve safety and protective learning environment in Jigawa state, the group of Civil Society organisations CSOs with support from PERL-ECP organised a one-day public policy dialogue on education and insecurity in the state.
The dialogue which was held at manpower development institute Dutse discussed alot of issues related to education and security and come up with a better resolution for safety and protective learning environment in the state.
The dialogue as one of move to address challenges on educational sector, alot of issues identified as major challenges and threat to the development of education in Jigawa state.
According to the communique, the dialogue aimed at deepen consultations and discussion with relevant stakeholders on the effects of insecurity on educational system towards ensuring safety and protective learning environment that would increase access, attendance, reduce truancy, enhance retention and completion.
It said, the dialogue observed that the insecurity threat in Jigawa schools are low compare to neighbouring state of Bauchi, Kano, Yobe and Katsina states.
The dialogue therefore suggested for improvement of security situation around the schools particularly the construction of fences and provision of young armed security guards in the schools.
The dialogue also urged for community policing on school, engagement of religious, traditional leaders and civil society in design and implementation of educational policies in the state.
Other resolution include checkmating the issue of drug abuse, impact of smartphone to the students and promoting cultural and moral discipline in the schools.