About 1,847 girls have been trained by the Bauchi State government of Nigeria in collaboration with United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF under a project known as Female Teachers Trainee Scholarship Scheme (FTTSS) over a period of five years. This, according to UNICEF, is aimed at boosting girl-child education, especially in the rural areas of the state.
The UNICEF Field Office Education Specialist, Mariam Dikwa disclosed this during a one-day meeting with stakeholders on the dissemination of FTTSS guidelines for improving value for money organized by the College of Education Azare in collaboration with UNICEF in Bauchi. She explained that the project is timely, considering the low- level of qualified female teachers in rural schools, leading to enrolment of girls in schools and the gender imbalance in the current teacher work force.
Dikwa stated that in 2008, UNICEF and DFID partnered with the federal ministry of education to support the increase of the number of female teachers to improve learning through financial support to Female Teachers Trainee Scholarship Scheme under the girl child education. The aim of the meeting according to her is to educate stakeholders to understand their roles in the activities of FTTSS in order to ensure effectiveness of the program.
Bauchi, usually referred to as Bauchi State to distinguish it from the city of Bauchi, is a state in northern Nigeria. Its capital is the city of Bauchi. The state was formed in 1976 when the former North-Eastern State was broken up. It originally included the area now in Gombe State, which became a distinct state in 1996.
According to the 2006 census, the state has a population of 4,653,066 and has a total of 55 tribal groups in which Hausa, Fulani, Gerawa, Sayawa, Jarawa, Kirfawa, Turawa Bolewa, Karekare, Kanuri, Fa’awa, Butawa, Warjawa, Zulawa, and Badawa are the main tribes.