The Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment, AGILE project in Kaduna State has trained Grievance Redress Committees across the two hundred and thirty Secondary Schools in Zone three covered by the project on Grievance Redress Mechanism.
Salama News reports that the training which took place on Tuesday in Kafanchan, Headquarters of Jema’a Local Government Area of the State, also witnessed the distribution of Grievance Redress Mechanism logbooks, complaints boxes and dedicated Grievance Redress Mechanism phone lines for effective reportage.
In a remark, the Kaduna State Project Coordinator of AGILE, Hajiya Maryam Sani Dangaji, who spoke through the monitoring and evaluation officer, Hilda Yabai Ayis, urged participants to rededicate themselves towards achieving success of the three components of the project that centres on creating safe and accessible learning spaces, fostering an enabling environment for girls and creating a system strengthening and project management.
She said the AGILE Program which has a five year implementation period, is currently being implemented in seven states of the federation Borno, Ekiti, Kaduna, Kano, Kastina, Kebbi and Plateau to meet the problem of the girl child in schools.
The Kaduna State AGILE Coordinator explained that in Kaduna State, the project is being implemented in five hundred and fifty schools across the 23 LGAs, the conditional girls scholarship program is being implemented in 15 LGAs with plans to expand to the remaining 8 LGAs in the state.
Giving an overview of grievance redress mechanisms, the Social Safeguards and Grievance Redress Mechanism, GRM, Officer Kaduna AGILE, Mrs. Ruth Abakasa Madaki said the objectives of GRM is to provide information on the project implementation, provide clear procedures for resolving grievances and disputes in the communities where the sub projects will be implemented, allow communities to express views, on projects activities and to resolve disputes on time effectively.
She urged the committee members to ensure they are always accessible, responsive, fair and objective as well as be visible to all in the cause of discharging their duties.
Some of the participants who spoke in an interview with Salama News commended the AGILE project in Kaduna State for always equipping them with information’s that are critical to the success of the project and pledged not to betray the confidence reposed on them.
It would be recalled that the AGILE project which was developed by the Federal Ministry of Education and the World Bank, is also part of the federal government of Nigeria ‘s long term education reform agenda, to adequately address the identified constraints of accessing and completing secondary education facing adolescent girls in Nigeria.