Aisha Buhari drums support for investment in girl education
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.
Market women at the presentation of a research report titled “Being a man in Nigeria” in Abuja yesterday.