Distance Keeps Children in Katsina Community from School

For Yanbita community in Borindawa district of Malumfashi local government in Katsina State, their most pressing challenge is the lack of a primary school. The children of the village have to walk several kilometres before reaching the school.

While journeying to school, they must cross an ever-busy Funtua – Kano highway, “and that is extremely threatening to our children”, Ibrahim Haruna Saleh, a resident of Yanbita told BBC Hausa.

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Saleh explained that the distance is the main reason many children from the community abandoned school.

He said there was a temporary primary school in the community but when the construction of the school started, it was taken far away.

Their children used to go to school in Malumfashi Deaf School for over 10 years before it was relocated to another far location in the town compelling them to walk about two kilometres before reaching the new school.

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Mallam Mansur Lawan Yanbita, one of the parents of the children, recalled that a car accident killed one of his children and that is “the reason why I withdrew my daughter because I don’t have time and she is still young.”

WikkiTimes’ effort to reach out to Abdu Labara Malunfashi, the Media Aide of the Katsina state governor proved abortive as his number was switched off and he had not responded to a message sent to him as of press time.


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