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GEP 3 Interventions Contributed to Enrollment in of 1.3 Million Girls in Schools – UNICEF

By Khadijah Aliyu

 

The media have been described as a major catalyst to the development of children in Nigeria

The Chief of Field Office, UNICEF Field Office Kano, Mr. Rahama R.M. Farah, stated this during a media dialogue on Girls education funded by FCDO, implemented by UNICEF, in collaboration with Kano state Qur’anic and islamiyya schools management board (KSQISMB), held in Kano.

 

According to him,the media plays a very important role as a critical ally in helping UNICEF fulfil this mandate.

The Chief explained that,as the UN agency for children, UNICEF collaborates with the government, partners and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to help children survive, thrive and attain their full potentials.

Mr Rahama maintained that research indicates that,in Nigeria there are 18.5 million out of school children, 60 per cent of these out of school children are girls.

“Girls education is particularly important because as is often stated, when you educate a girl, you educate a nation”

 

He pointed out that, the girls education project 3 (GEP3), 300 SBMC members were trained,while schools developed School emergency preparedness and response plans to mitigate the impact of potential and actual threats on schools.

Presentation a paper titled ‘why educating girls is important’ education specialist,UNICEF country office,Abuja Azuka Menkiti explained that,girls education especially at secondary school level has greatly reduced the number of child and maternal mortality rates.

She identified poverty, poor infrastructure, cultural norms and practicesas some of the barriers to girl child education.

“Girls education goes beyond getting girls to school but ensuring that they complete each level of education”

Also speaking,the education manager,UNICEF filed office Kano,Micheal Banda said,GEP 3 project sites include Niger,sokoto,Katsina, zamfara,Bauchi and Kano states.

 

He noted that 6 GEP states in northern Nigeria had witnessed an increase of 1.3 million of girls enrollment.

“GEP 3 contributed to enrollment,completion and learning in Kano,Bauchi,Zamfara,Katsina
Sokoto,Niger”

In his remarks, assistant director monitoring and evaluation,UNICEF focal person Kano state Qur’anic and islamiyya schools management board (KSQISMB), Malam Kamaludeen Abdulhadi, reaffirmed the state governments readiness to partner with relevant stakeholders in uplifting the standard of education.

 

He charged participants to make judicious use of knowledge gained.

The three day workshop tagged ‘Media Dialogue on girls education’ attracted over 41 media practitioners to brain storm and profer lasting solutions to problems bedevilling girls education in Nigeria.

 

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