CSACEFA on the 24th and 25th of February conducted a two day training for members of the Schools Based Management Committees in Lere, Jaba and Kaduna North Local Government ares in Kaduna State. the training which is aimed at building the capacity of Schools Based Management Committee (SBMCs) on their roles in ensuring the delivery of education projects in their communities, budget tracking and school development plan is in line with the mobilization activities of the coalition on Universal Basic Education Fund (UBEF)> the workshop also brought together, officials of the Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board, Kaduna State Ministry of Education, Media Organizations and the Citizens and NGOs in the state.
Participants were drawn from 29 communities cut across the three Local Government Areas of intervention by the coalition captured in the 2017, 2018 and 2019, Kaduna UBE projects.
While presenting the the good will message of the Ministry of Education, the Director Monitoring and Evaluation, talked on the activities of the Ministry of Education in the delivery of Education. According to the director, explained that the role of the ministry is to provide guideline for school management at all level. He particularly spoke on the role of the Ministry in the delivery of Junior Secondary School education. According to the Director, the Ministry of Education manages the personnel of Junior Secondary School, while the State Universal Basic Education provides infrastructures. Speaking further, the Director said because of the challenge and the need to have a good administration and management of the Basic Education, which includes from Pre-primary to Junior secondary, plans are under way to complete hand over the administration of the Junior Secondary Schools to the state Universal Basic Education. Talking on directing complains and reports, he said that complains and reports as they affect the JSS can be directed to the Minstry through the Department of Basic and Secondary education. While appreciating the work of the coalition, the Director stated that the ministry is very open to working with Citizens and the Civil Society for effective delivery of education services in the state.
From the Kad-SUBEB, representing the Chairman, Mrs Esther Jibji spoke extensively on the role of the SBMCs in ensuring the delivery of Education projects. She told the SBMCs that their primary role as their name suggested is to support the management of schools, these she said include ensuring that the school are supported with minor repairs, support in the provision of instructional materials. She said the SBMCs are a bridge between schools and the communities; they contribute to school development planning and decision making for improved learning. They also monitor teachers’ attendance, advise the school authority on teachers’ behaviour and commitment to work, create awareness, conduct advocacy, and monitor projects.
The participants were also trained on advocacy, community mobilization budget tracking and projects monitoring. The training on advocacy took the participants through the advocacy processes, the meaning and understanding of advocacy. Participants also learnt the various various advocacy and communication planning and stakeholders identification.
On project monitoring and tracking, the training explore the project planning processes, the project award process and implementation stages. While the budget tracking training also trained the participants on budget circle and budget releases process for projects.
At the end of the capacity building workshop, the capacity of 43 SMCs chairmen, 3 media personnel from Radio, Print and Television, and 5 Civil Society Organizations and Citizens were built on community project monitoring and budget tracking. There was increased awareness on the role of the different stakeholders in curbing retail corruption within communities. Participants and stakeholders at the end of the training noted that they were better equipped by the training to engage with duty bearers and states actors on schools programs and projects implementation.
Speaking on behalf of the participants, Mr Andrew Ma’aji, SBMC Chairman, Universal Basic Education, Kurmin Rumi, Jaba, described the training as intensive and enriching.
“I have gained a lot from this engagement; it has equipped us to perform better. We ask other stakeholders to support us with this kind of programmes,” he said.