Our in­vest­ments in girlchild ed­u­ca­tion yield­ing re­sults, says Dankwambo

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - EDUCATION - By Leo Sobechi

GOMBE State Gover­nor, Dr. Ibrahim Has­san Dankwambo, has said that in­vest­ments by his ad­min­is­tra­tion on girl child ed­u­ca­tion is yield­ing de­served re­sults, as­sur­ing that the gov­ern­ment would con­tinue to pro­tect girls that are will­ing to learn.

Dankwambo noted that school en­rol­ment the state has in­creased from 23 per­cent which its ad­min­is­tra­tion met in 2011, to 62 per­cent stress­ing that ex­am­i­na­tion pass rate has also in­creased from zero for girls to about 72 per­cent.

The gover­nor, who spoke with The­guardian in an in­ter­view, ob­served that so­cio-cul­tural prac­tices in north­ern Nige­ria tend to limit the ac­cess of women to western ed­u­ca­tion.

How­ever, he pointed out that re­cent cam­paigns and prop­a­ga­tion go­ing on in the re­gion on ed­u­ca­tion of the girl child has in­creased aware­ness about the im­por­tance of learn­ing in women, not only in the house­hold, but also the com­mu­nity.

He added: “We have de­vel­oped a lot of pro­grammes and projects, in­clud­ing some di­rect cash trans­fer, equip­ping aca­demic in­sti­tu­tions with rel­e­vant fa­cil­i­ties, sup­port­ing them with uni­forms and books, and so many other ini­tia­tives that we have taken to make sure that the girl child is pro­moted to go school.”

Gover­nor Dankwambo stressed that even within the fam­ily or com­mu­nity, “to­day’s woman needs ed­u­ca­tion for the hy­giene of her baby, care of house­hold, care of other chil­dren, be­ing a bet­ter wife and pros­per­ity of the house­hold.”

“That sen­si­ti­za­tion is go­ing on all around the north now, Gombe State is not left out.

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