154 orphans graduate from Borno learning centre
By Matthew ELOYI
One hundred and fifty-four students orphaned by Boko Haram have graduated from a Special Learning Centre in Maiduguri.
The students were trained in areas like coding and artificial intelligence towards advancing their education.
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The Learning Centre Maiduguri was inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari in April 2019.
The North-East Children Trust Fund manages the school, which was recently set up by the federal government to cater for vulnerable kids.
Officials of the school said the learning facility is “to create an ecosystem for homeless children orphaned by the conflict in the Northeast of Nigeria that will echo the lives of a normal child growing and thriving in a family.”
The centre, which comprises a nursery, primary and secondary sections, currently has 525 vulnerable children who are mostly orphans from Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States in the troubled Northeast region.
Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Trust, Mariam Masha, speaking during the graduation, said the centre has 337 boys and 188 girls.
The centre currently has 472 pupils at the primary level and 26 at the secondary level.
The 154 pupils advancing to secondary school took lessons in coding and programming and web design and programming.
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The highlight of the graduation ceremony was the demonstration of robotics, coding, and Artificial Intelligence by the pupils.
Masha, who commended the students for learning so fast in a short time, said, “The Learning Centre is more than just a school.”