Troops of of the Nigerian Army have established a temporary school for children at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Bama town, Bama Local Government Area of Borno State using military tents.
This project , by the 21 Brigade, 7 Division of the army, will also help to enhance civil-military relations.
The school comprises 6 military tents in which soldiers , not on essential duty, serve as teachers. In addition, some of the IDPs who were teachers before their displacement, also teach in the school.
Presently, the school has a population of over 3,000 children. The Brigade has also established a section of adult education for women.
Impressed with the laudable initiative, the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) also assisted the Brigade with 2 additional tents and school bags for the pupils, while Borno State Urban Education deployed a Principal to assist in running the school.
The United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and the Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, Mr Toby Lanzer, and Borno State Government celebrated the recently held World Humanitarian Day with the IDPs in the school and commended the efforts of the Nigerian Army for establishing the school.
Similarly, an American Non-Governmenalt Organization (NGO), Empower54, has said that “despite the heavy responsibility of fighting off the terrorists daily, the soldiers are making time to teach the children”, and appreciated the soldiers of 21 Brigade for their selfless effort.