Nigerian Foundation for the Support of Victims of Terrorism has launched its Educational Support Programme, EDSP, for Boko Haram affected school children in the North-East comprising Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States.
The targets of EDSP, according to the executive secretary, Victims Support Fund, VSF, Professor Sunday Ochoche, are school aged children affected by the insurgency.
This was disclosed in a press statement signed by Prof. Ochoche and made available to journalists in Maiduguri.
“The vision of VSF in Nigeria is to restore the dignity and wellbeing of Boko Haram victims. We are a foremost knowledge-driven and programme based organisation mobilising sustainable funding and building partnerships for the support and transformation of victims of terrorism and insurgency in the country.
“In continuation of the implementation of its mandate to administer support to victims of insurgency and create an enabling environment for accelerated recovery and
sustainable peace and development, VSF launched its Educational Support Programme in Maiduguri metropolis.”
He said the progrmme targets schoolchildren affected by insurgency in Adamawa, Borno, Yobe and Edo States.
“This support is geared towards securing the future of children and their education. It was specifically designed for school children whose education has suffered setbacks,” Ochoche added.
He further disclosed that over 50, 000 children and teachers would benefit from the project which would be executed in two phases.
“This VSF project will provide school children with textbooks, exercise books, writing materials, school bags and sandals among other things,” he said, adding that the first phase of the project would reach 21,291 children.
He said in Borno State, 10,000 school children and teachers were targeted while Adamawa, Yobe and Edo States would have 7,000, 3,000 and 1,291 pupils and their teachers respectively.
He said implementation of the programme will significantly enhance education in the affected states.
He noted that the “underdeveloped state of education in the North-East has been identified as a major cause of the Boko Haram insurgency.”
On implementation of EDSP, Ochoche also said: “By supporting educational development in the North-East, the project will not only assist with the rehabilitation of affected children, but will also go a long way in addressing one of the root causes of insurgency.”
The Commissioner of Education in Yobe State, Alhaji Mohammed Al Amin, who represented Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, while launching the educational support programme commended VSF for its timely intervention and pleaded for more support.

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