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One-Day High Level-Monitoring Visit to Adamawa State

(VAPP) Act.

UNESCO, in collaboration with the Adamawa state Mass Education Board and Grassroots Entrepreneurship Skills Acquisition (GESA), through the Spotlight Initiative is implementing the Second Chance Education programme for women and girls on the margins of society who are either living with HIV/AIDS or are victims of early and unintended pregnancy, child marriage, and gender-based violence; or are classified as rural poor. 

The Executive Secretary of Mass Education Board, Mrs. Tahumareino Angelina Pagiel, on behalf of the Hon. Commissioner for Education, Adamawa State, Mrs. Wilbina Jackson, received the monitoring team. The team interacted with the beneficiaries of the Second Chance Education, who shared their experiences during the programme. The beneficiaries expressed their gratitude for the initiative which provided them the unique opportunity to become literate and for the positive transformation in their social norms, attitudes and behaviours.

Through the Spotlight Initiative, UNESCO sensitized 9,034 women and girls with information on gender-based violence (GBV), sexual and reproductive health and right (SRHR) and harmful practices and, enrolled them into the second chance education.  In addition, 6,269 vulnerable women and girls acquired basic literacy skills and 437 beneficiaries were mainstreamed to Post Literacy Level, equivalent to Primary six (6) in the formal school system, while 110 girls and boys were mainstreamed back to the formal school system, thus reducing the number of out-of-school children in the state. In addition to these achievements, over 875 women and girls have acquired various vocational skills, including 179 people with disabilities (PWD) who also benefitted from the programme.

Securing the future of women and girls and passing the Violence against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act are prerequisites for achieving gender equality and development in Adamawa state. It was on this note that the Executive Governor of Adamawa State, RT. Hon. Alhaji Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri assured the delegation that the VAPP Act would be signed into law by his administration.