The acting head of operations of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, in Gombe State, Zainab Umar Ali, has appealed for teaching and learning materials for the children of Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, now sheltered in a camp.
Ali told newsmen that the children at the camp are in dire need of learning materials such as text books, writing notebooks, pencils and other learning and teaching aids for the temporary primary school organised for them.
She explained that at the IDP Camp in Gombe, one of the classrooms is used to teach pupils in primary one to six in two separate shifts daily, so that the children who account for a greater population, are not deprived of their right to education.
She said, however, that more learning materials are required to make the pupils a bit comfortable like their counterparts in other schools.
Ali commended the resilience of parents at the camp some of who are teachers and the support of the Gombe State government through the Ministry of Education in supplementing the school with enough teachers.
She said in addition that the camp also has a clinic which is run by the state Health ministry to cater for the health challenges of the IDP’s, while officials at the camp ensure cleanliness in the camp.
As a result of all these measures, the NEMA boss said, they have not suffered any major outbreak of disease at the camp and this has attracted many other IDP’s from Biu in Borno State.