NGO tasks women on adult ed­u­ca­tion

Daily Trust - - HOME FRONT - From Dick­son S. Adama, Kaduna

Anon-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion, Em­pow­er­ing Women for Ex­cel­lence Ini­tia­tive, has called on the women who missed go­ing to school at a younger age to en­deav­our to en­roll in adult ed­u­ca­tion and other skills ac­qui­si­tion pro­grammes.

Speak­ing in Kaduna at a ca­pac­ity build­ing work­shop on gen­der based vi­o­lence, or­gan­ised for so­cial wel­fare work­ers, the Pro­gramme Of­fi­cer, Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Lo­gis­tics, Joy An­thony, said vi­o­lence against women was of­ten es­ca­lated by the lack of ed­u­ca­tion of the women/gir­lchild.

“Up till now the level of women’s ed­u­ca­tion in Nige­ria is still very poor com­pared to their male coun­ter­part. This is one of the fac­tors that lead to in­crease in vi­o­lence against women. We en­cour­age women to go into skills ac­qui­si­tion, agri­cul­ture, trade and any­thing that will up­lift them eco­nom­i­cally and make them less de­pen­dent on other peo­ple.

She said: “They can learn to make soaps, de­ter­gent, beads and even bake cakes, among other things. For no rea­son should a woman lazy about or re­main idle.

“Go­ing into en­ter­pris­ing ven­tures will not only make them self-sus­tain­ing and al­le­vi­ate their suf­fer­ings but will also re­duce the vi­o­lence per­pet­u­ated against them. Be­sides, we are ad­vis­ing women to go to school.

“If they missed go­ing to school when they were young, they can un­der­take adult ed­u­ca­tion lessons in their com­mu­ni­ties. It is never too late to go to school and school­ing has a way of re­flect­ing pos­i­tively and boost­ing any ven­ture one un­der­takes. It will also boost their un­der­stand­ing in terms of fun­da­men­tal rights and priv­i­leges.”

An­thony called on the gov­ern­ment to for­mu­late poli­cies and set up struc­tures that will em­bolden adult ed­u­ca­tion, adding that cul­tural and re­li­gious fac­tors should also be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion so that such ed­u­ca­tional poli­cies tar­geted at women can be in line with so­ci­etal val­ues.

“The pro­grammes we or­gan­ise for women en­lighten them and make them more re­formed. It also en­hances their in­volve­ment in de­ci­sion mak­ing in the so­ci­ety and in Nige­ria as a whole. In all of these, ed­u­ca­tion of the women is a fun­da­men­tal thing that can bring about sus­tain­able re­sult in women em­pow­er­ment. That is why we are say­ing that even if a woman misses ed­u­ca­tion at a ten­der or ado­les­cent age, she should not miss it in her adult­hood or even old age.”

Pic NAN

Moth­ers dis­play pic­tures of their chil­dren kid­napped at dif­fer­ent in­stances, in Makurdi yesterday.

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