‘Zam­fara has 68,000 out-of school girls’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Shehu Umar,Gusau

Zam­fara State has about 68,000 out- of- school girls, chair­per­son of the High Level Women Ad­vo­cate on Girl Child Ed­u­ca­tion (HILWA) in the state, Ha­jiya Suwaiba Ba­rau, said.

Speak­ing at an event to mark the In­ter­na­tional Day of the Girl Child, Ha­jiya Suwaiba said there is a need to boost en­rol­ment and re­ten­tion of the girl child in schools.

She said house­hold map­pings con­ducted by the group across the 14 lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas of the state last year showed that about 68,000 girls are out of school, adding that the trend must be re­versed if mean­ing­ful de­vel­op­ment is to be achieved.

She noted that girl child ed­u­ca­tion is an im­por­tant tool for re­shap­ing the so­ci­ety.

“Fe­male stu­dents were drawn from var­i­ous schools to ac­tively par­tic­i­pate in the event and in­spire them to aim for qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion. If you can ob­serve, women who from dif­fer­ent and nu­mer­ous pro­fes­sional call­ings are also here and the young girls can look up to them as role mod­els”, she said.

The group, ac­cord­ing to her iden­ti­fied so­cio­cul­tural and eco­nomic im­ped­i­ments as fac­tors mil­i­tat­ing against girl child ed­u­ca­tion not only in Zam­fara State, but the en­tire North­ern re­gion.

She said un­less the iden­ti­fied bar­ri­ers are re­moved, they would con­tinue to con­sti­tute a clog to the ed­u­ca­tional pur­suit of young girls.

She urged par­ents to en­cour­age their fe­male chil­dren to pur­sue ed­u­ca­tion while chal­leng­ing those in gov­er­nance to for­mu­late poli­cies that would mo­ti­vate young girls to seek knowl­edge.

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