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Women seek improvement in girl-child education

Despite the increase in female enrolment and retention in schools across Nigeria, alot more still needs to be done in the training of girl-child at all levels.

This is according to the national president of the Market Women Association of Nigeria, Mrs Felicia Sani, who noted that a conducive learning environment is required to retain the girl child in school and enable her reach her potential.

President Muhammadu Buhari had in 2020 announced to the United Nations General Assembly that Nigeria was witnessing an increase in girls’ enrolment and retention in schools.

The president attributed the success to the country’s implementation of the Universal Basic Education Programme, Girl Education Project, and Safe School Initiatives.

However, speaking at an event organised by Helpline Foundation for the Needy, Abuja, to commemorate the 2022 World Poetry Day, Sani called on strategic stakeholders across the country to do more for the training of girl child at all levels.

She pointed that the girl child remain the hope and future of Nigeria, therefore necessary steps should be put in place for their academic success.

The market leader urged the girl child to be bold, brave but committed at all times, stressing that the future of Nigeria depends on the contribution of the girl child.

“Parents and relevant stakeholders should provide the enabling environment for girl child at all levels to succeed in their education pursuit.The future of Nigeria depends on the contribution of the girl child, which must be taken serious.

“Women are the neck of the nation, they carry men on their neck, so there is every need to support and encourage them.” 

In her remarks, Cecilia Kadiri who spoke on behalf of Helpline Foundation, said the initiative organised for school girls in FCT, is aimed at encouraging them to be committed to their studies while also promoting the reading culture which is fast eroding.

“We organised this programme to revive the reading culture among students.”

On her part, a co-convener of the poetry day who is also a serving youth corp member, Fatima Nuhu, noted that there are still a lot of patriarchy and problems associated to the girl child. “We want a situation where we can have a better future for girl child education in Nigeria. 

“My advise to every girl child out there is to literally sit down find a creative outlet, if it’s not poetry, reading novels or writing novels, they should engage in a trade or skill. They should find something to do that will better the society and better their lives as individuals” Fatimah said.


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