'Several women in this community have told me that the theatre programme spoke their minds and provided a good ground for their men to change their ways regarding the girl child enrolment' said Hajiya Larai Head Teacher Nuhu Bamali LGEA Tudun Wada.
Poor enrolment of the girl child into school has been one of the identified challenges to education in many of the Kaduna communities. The Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria adapted a community theatre drama into video in 2014 and they were disseminated across 23 LGEAs in Kaduna. The project helped to communicate, share knowledge and mobilise communities for action to promote and improve enrolment especially of girls and school based management.
A lot of schools recorded positive responses leading to desired changes at schools and communities.
Hajiya Larai said 'the day we watched the theatre programme in our LGEA, one of the viewers Hamza Haruna Gambo was moved after seeing how Halima's father changed his attitude toward girl education. This made him- Gambo to donate 300 blocks as support to the school's proposed building project, he also gave us a cash donation of N100,000 to help us raise the blocks ' .
The Head Teacher had also reported to the Department of Social Mobilisation at the State's Basic Education Board, saying that 'enrolment increased by about 300 pupils (192 girls and 108 boys). Other people also made contributions of about 35 school uniforms (25 feminine and 10 masculine).'
Nuhu Bamali is one of the 480 roll-out ESSPIN supported schools. Prior to the community theatre public viewing, the school suffered lack of sufficient blocks of classrooms. But when people began to make donations, the school received about 2000 blocks and have since achieved more. Many parents have been sensitised; more than 200 girls have been allowed by their parents to enrol into school, leading to increased enrolment in schools, and communities now pays more attention to identified schools' needs.