The Managing Director, North East Development Commission, Mohammed Alkali, has said that 12 years of insurgency in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states has led to the killing of 3,795 teachers and razing of 1,500 schools.
Alkali raised the alarm, yesterday, while flagging off the five-day training of 300 teachers at the Kashim Ibrahim College of Education, Maiduguri, and Borno State.
According to him, education is critical to the post-insurgency recovery programmes in the region, adding that the training will rebuild and enhance the capacity of teachers to improve their teaching skills.
He, however, noted that the conflict has also led to increase in school drop-outs, low school enrolment, and low rate of transition to higher education levels.
The MD warned that adolescent girls and boys were at risk of joining armed groups, with increased levels of exploitation and abuse, as the region had the lowest rate of literacy with rising poverty and unemployment.
On teachers’ capacity building, he disclosed that 1,500 teachers would be trained, commencing with 300 in Borno and replicated in the other five states of the region.
said that, the teachers would learn to improve their educational skills and overall organisation, time management, technical knowledge and motivate the students through provision of psycho-social support, as well as invest in the future of the children with professional growth.