Seven Children Killed In Nairobi Classroom Collapse

 

Seven primary school children died and dozens more were injured when their classroom collapsed on Monday morning in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, a government spokesman said.

“So far we can confirm that we have seven fatalities and 57 others are in hospital,” government spokesman Cyrus Oguna said at the scene.

Hundreds of angry residents of Dagoretti — a poor area where many live in makeshift houses — swarmed around the site where rescuers picked through the rubble of the classroom.

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An AFP reporter at the site said books and desks were strewn through the debris of the semi-permanent structure, made of concrete, iron sheeting and timber. The structure had been partly raised up to add a storey.

The building collapsed shortly after 7:00 am, as pupils entered the classroom.

“Seven pupils dead, several injured after a classroom collapsed at (Precious) Talent Academy in Dagoretti,” St John Ambulance — whose rescuers were involved in the search and rescue — wrote on Twitter.

India Car Crash Leaves 9 Schoolchildren Dead, 20 Injured

 

 

At least nine schoolchildren were killed and 20 others injured in eastern India’s Bihar state on Saturday after a vehicle crashed into them outside their school in an apparent hit-and-run, police said.

Officers said the driver hit the children at speed as he was driving away from another location close to the school, where his vehicle had brushed against a pedestrian.

The incident took place in Muzaffarpur district, around 43 miles (70 kilometres) from the state capital Patna.

“Eyewitnesses have told us that the driver didn’t stop even after running over these middle-school children,” Anil Kumar Singh, deputy inspector general of Bihar police told AFP.

“His car overturned after the accident and he ran away from the spot. We are still looking for him,” he said.

The 20 injured children have been admitted to a hospital, he added.

India has some of the world’s deadliest roads.

At least 12 children aged between seven and 14 were killed in northern Uttar Pradesh state last January after their school bus collided with a truck.

More than 150,000 people are killed each year with most accidents blamed on poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.

AFP

Nigeria Commits To Reducing Number Of Out-Of-School Children

Nigeria On Out Of School ChildrenThe Federal Government says Nigeria is committed to reducing the number of out of school children by the year 2030.

The declaration follows prediction by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) that Nigeria may not achieve the Sustainable Development Goal for education by 2030.

This was revealed in a report launched on Monday in Abuja by the Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, at a gathering of experts, government officials and other key players in the education sector.

The Global Education Monitoring Report for 2016, prepared by UNESCO, stated that Nigeria might not achieve universal primary education until 2070.

The report examined how countries would achieve the target and also checked the present status of countries on education globally and where they would be by 2030.

The Director at UNESCO’s Abuja Regional Office, Benoit Sossou, called for increased access to quality basic education as a way of addressing the problem.

Mr Adamu, however, reaffirmed that the Federal Government was committed to ensuring Nigeria meets the 2030 target by reducing the number of out of school children.

On his part, the Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwukiah, also insisted that the 2030 education agenda is achievable with the concerted efforts of all Nigerians.

The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) had in August expressed worry over the number of out of school children in Nigeria.

The Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, raised the concern at a meeting with Heads of State Universal Basic Commissions across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

He said that increasing the number of children in schools was a priority for the Federal Government, stressing that there was no justification for any child not to be enrolled into the basic education scheme.

UBEC Boss Decries Number Of Out Of School Children

UBEC Decries Number Of Out Of School ChildrenThe Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has expressed worry over the number of out of school children in Nigeria.

The Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, raised the concern on Wednesday at a meeting with Heads of State Universal Basic Commissions across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

He stressed that increasing the number of children in schools was a priority for the Federal Government.

Dr. Bobboyi stated that there was no justification for any child not to be enrolled into Nigeria’s basic education scheme.

He called on state governments to bridge the gap by ensuring the enrollment of children, adding that the basic education funds must be used judiciously.

Group Offers Educational Support To Displaced Children In Yobe

YobeThe Victims Support Fund (VSF) has distributed some learning materials to 3000 school children in Yobe State, Northeast Nigeria.

Text books, writing materials, and bags among others were distributed to school children affected by insurgency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.

The gesture was disclosed by the Executive Secretary of the Victims Support Fund, Professor Sunday Ocheche, while launching the programme at the IDPs camp in Pompomari area of Damaturu, the Yobe State capital.

Professor Ocheche said that the mandate of his organisation is to administer support to victims of insurgency and create the enabling environment for accelerated recovery and sustainable peace and development in the country, particularly the affected areas.

He said that apart from the educational support, the organisation is also committed to promoting peace in the war ravaged areas and the country as a whole, as well as engage in economic empowerment for the less privileged affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.

Ocheche said that the intention of the organisation is to directly impact the lives of children in the state who are victims of the insurgency.

He expressed hope that the efforts done so far by government and Non-Governmental Organisations across the country and the world at large would help reduce the re-occurrence of the Boko Haram insurgency.

Receiving the materials on behalf of the Yobe State government, the Commissioner of Education, Mohammed Lamin, called on others to emulate VSF by providing other interventions in the areas of chairs construction of classroom blocks among others.

He urged the school authorities to ensure the teachers and pupils make the best use of the materials supplied.

In his remark, the Headmaster at the Pompomari IDP School, Mr Bunu Bulamaand, and a teacher in the school, Mr Oluwaseun, both described the gesture as magnanimous and promised to use the teaching facilities for the purpose intended.

The pupils, according to them have greatly improved academically compared to how they started and called for more support towards assisting the educational needs of the displaced children.

The next critical support according to VSF, would be targeting the economic empowerment of women, mostly the IDPs who lost their husband during the war and have assumed responsibility of the home.

No Plans To Impound School Buses Not Painted Yellow Yet – FRSC

frsc-logoA representative of the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) Deputy Corp., Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, on Friday said that the agency had no plans to impound school buses not painted yellow, hinting that such a measure may be adopted after “subtle enforcement”.

“We would not impound any vehicle as at now” he said, during an interview on Sunrise Daily.

There had been complaints by school owners concerning FRSC’s order that all school buses must be painted yellow, to give them a unique appearance, as well as act as a cautionary measure for other road users.

A concerned school owner who chose anonymity had told Channels Television that the directive could not achieve what the Agency said it would, and that it would cost school owners funds which can be re-invested to give students better education.

In response, Mr Kazeem stated that students were being conveyed in sub-standard buses. Recalling an accident involving a school bus in 2009, where some students fell out of a bus and were run over by an on-coming vehicle, Mr Kazeem said that the FRSC was prompted to organise a one-day stakeholder forum to address the issues, in 2009.

He disclosed that after the forum, “a 10-man committee was drawn from different organisations to come up with a policy document on school bus standards and operations.

“Subsequently, the document comprising both the guidelines and specifications for school bus operation was approved by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria governing council.

“In line with the above, the Federal Road Safety Corp in conjunction with SON carried out a nationwide sensitisation of State owned educational institutions, proprietors of primary schools and other stakeholders in the six geo-political zones of the country, between March and July, on the contents of the document.”

He further argued that the uniform colour “is a world standard” which would give school buses a uniqueness while on the road. He mentioned that the idea was a replica was what obtained in the United Kingdom.

He denied claims that buses which were not seen to have complied with the instruction by the deadline would be impounded, maintaining that “subtle enforcement means trying to still continue to talk to people on the necessity of complying”.

The unique appearance of school buses, he said, would cause road users to be “weary of driving dangerously” when driving around them.

At a point during the interview, Kazeem hinted on the possibility of impounding vehicles.