By Our Correspondent
Parents in Katsina state rural communities have pledged to work for the education and healthy development of their children.
The parents made the pledge during the celebration of International day of the African child organized by a Katsina based NGO, Community Information and Advocacy initiative in collaboration with the Save the children International with funding from Global Affairs Canada ( GAC).
The celebration took place weekend in Tsagero and Kadandani villages all in Rimi Local goverments area of Katsina state.
In Tsagero a parent, Malam Garba Tsagero vowed to use all means at his disposal to make sure his children have better access to education,health and good food.
” From today I have pledged to send my children especially the girls among them to school. If it means selling my cloth I will make sure they have access to quality education” he added.
Similarly in Kadandani village parents who spoke at the events thanked the NGO and other development partners for raising awareness through the International day of the African child.
They added ” this is the first time such event is taking place at the rural community.with your effort we have seen tremendous increase in children school enrollment”.
However children who spoke at the event demand protection against rape and other forms of child abuse in the society.
They also demanded for access to education, health care and good food which they said is the major threat face by children in Nigeria.
In his remark, the programme manager, Community Information and Advocacy initiative, Mr. Enron Jocob expressed happiness that their efforts is yielding positive results.
He also appreciated the support of the Save the children International and the funding of Global Affairs Canada (GAC).