Aisha Buhari drums sup­port for in­vest­ment in girl ed­u­ca­tion

Daily Trust - - HOME FRONT - By Ruby Leo

The wife of the pres­i­dent, Aisha Buhari, has called for greater in­vest­ment in ed­u­ca­tion es­pe­cially for the girl-child to ad­dress the in­creas­ing num­ber of fe­male school drop outs.

Aisha made the call re­cently in Abuja dur­ing the In­ter­na­tional Day of the Girl Child Sum­mit or­ga­nized by the Na­tional Cen­tre for Women De­vel­op­ment (NCWD).

The theme of the cel­e­bra­tion was ‘Em­pow­er­ment and Train­ing: In­no­vat­ing for Girl-Child Ed­u­ca­tion’.

Aisha Buhari who was rep­re­sented by Mrs Ala­manda Lawal, wife of the Sec­re­tary to the Gov­ern­m­nent of the Fed­er­a­tion, said ed­u­ca­tion was the key to suc­ceed be­yond cus­tom­ary mea­sures.

``Ed­u­ca­tion is a fun­da­men­tal right which is the only chance that most Nige­rian girls have to rise above the cul­tural and tra­di­tional sys­tems of strat­i­fi­ca­tion that con­tin­ues to cast women as in­fe­rior to their male coun­ter­parts, eco­nom­i­cally, po­lit­i­cally and so­cially.

``A good ed­u­ca­tion of­fers the Nige­rian girl -child an op­por­tu­nity of be­ing a val­ued mem­ber of the so­ci­ety.

``For girls, ed­u­ca­tion can en­able eco­nomic in­de­pen­dence, po­lit­i­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion, and em­power them with the nec­es­sary knowl­edge to ac­tively and ef­fec­tively tackle op­pres­sive norms that per­pet­u­ate dif­fer­ent forms of vi­o­lence against women,” she said.

Ac­cord­ing to her, ed­u­ca­tion serves as an av­enue to dis­lodge gen­der in­equal­ity and pro­vide cul­tural al­ter­na­tives that per­sist.

Mrs Buhari re­it­er­ated her com­mit­ment and re­solve to cham­pion the cause of women, ma­ter­nal and child health through con­sis­tent ad­vo­cacy.

Jus­tice Mary Odili, Chief Jus­tice, Supreme Court of Nige­ria said women should en­sure they do not leave their chil­dren in what­ever they did, adding that they should not be com­pro­mised for any­thing.

Odili urged women to take cor­rec­tive mea­sures on their chil­dren es­pe­cially the girl-child which would im­prove their A non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion, High Level Women Ad­vo­cate (HILWA), based in Katsina State has called for con­certed ef­forts to ad­dress the plight of over 620,000 out of school chil­dren in Katsina.

Chairperson of HILWA, Mariya Ab­dul­lahi who was speak­ing at a sen­si­ti­za­tion tour in Katsina said over half of that num­ber are girls.

She said there is need for the cre­ation of an en­abling en­vi­ron­ment that will en­sure the rights of ev­ery child and, most im­por­tantly, the girl-child.

While iden­ti­fy­ing so­cio-cul­tural and eco­nomic en­vi­ron­ment as the bane of girl ed­u­ca­tion in the state, Ab­dul­lahi said the as­so­ci­a­tion has em­barked on mas­sive aware­ness cam­paigns to­wards tack­ling the sit­u­a­tion.

She said that gov­ern­ment must evolve poli­cies and pro­grammes that will en­cour­age par­ents to en­roll their wards in schools while not­ing that there is in­suf­fi­cient in­vest­ment in ad­dress­ing the chal­lenges of girls. for­ma­tive years into adult­hood.

She also en­cour­aged par­ents to al­ways en­gage the ser­vices of ex­tra school cur­ricu­lum to sharpen the in­tel­lect of their chil­dren.

Mrs Chimdi Neli­aku, who spoke on be­half of the girl-chil­dren at the sum­mit, said gov­ern­ment needs to es­tab­lish schools for the girl- child with spe­cial needs in all states of the fed­er­a­tion.

Neli­aku said: “Our schools need to change their cur­ricu­lum to be in line with the global prac­tices and also do­mes­ti­cate the Child Rights Act in all states.

``The law should take its full course on per­pe­tra­tors of rape on women and girls,” she said.

PHOTO NAN

Mar­ket women at the pre­sen­ta­tion of a re­search re­port ti­tled “Be­ing a man in Nige­ria” in Abuja yes­ter­day.

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