As part of their intervention to better the lot of the girl-child, the United Nations Children Fund, UNICEF, is presently undertaking the scholarship training of 300 girls in a Degree awarding Federal College of Education (Technical), FCE (T), Gombe.
The fund has also trained 100 commercial sex workers on different skills and supported with tools of the trade they learnt to enable them take-off properly on their own.
Alhaji Isa Yahaya, coordinator, UNICEF, Gombe spoke to Nigerian Pilot in Gombe, adding that beneficiaries of the academic training were secondary school certificate holders who were drawn from the remotest villages across the state.
“Before picking them, we had to make sure they are truly from remote areas and that people know them in those communities”, he explained.
The coordinator said the aim is use them as models for the promotion of girl-child education while at the same time fulfilling the target of having more female teachers in the state’s educational system.
“The girls would be deployed to their locality to teach after graduation for parents and the girl-child to see and use as role models”, Alhaji Yahaya said.
He said they hoped to continue with the programme and that they were collaborating with the State Universal Education Board, SUBEB and the Federal College of Education (Technical), Gombe.
The UNICEF coordinator said the 100 commercial sex workers were trained with the aim of enabling them to be financially self-dependent and help them out of the commercial sex business.
He said they were trained on skills like soap making, pomade making, knitting, sewing, tailoring and others while those who wanted to marry were supported to do so through the maiden Zawarawa marriage conducted in the state last year.
He said they were drawn from across the state and numbered 100 at the start but only about 80 eventually graduated because some of them pulled out along the line.

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