Lack of Awareness, Cultural Beliefs,Insecurity , Stumbling Block to Girls Enrollment in Primary Schools -Expert

Written by Pyramid FM Kano

High Rate of Poverty and And cultural believe norms and Values have been identified as some of the major stumbling blocks that hinders the enrollment of the girl Child in Primary Schools in Katsina and some parts of Kano States.

An Education Specialist Working with United Nations Children Education Fund, Kano Field Office Dr Muntaka Mukhtar gave the hint during a media dialogue on Girl’s Education Project organised for journalists in Katsina.

He said the United Nations Children Education Fund, UNICEF, has traced the high rate of  out of school children problem in the Northwestern part of the country to poverty, cultural norms and insecurity, saying  Kano and Katsina have been rated as the states with the highest numbers.

Dr. Muntaka Mukhtar explained that available statistics reveals that about 536,132 children were not in school in Katsina State alone.

The expert noted that  300,001 girls were been  enrolled in basic schools in Katsina State due to the state government’s effort to address the challenge of girls not gaining any form of education.

He said According to Data Sources from Universal Basic Education One out of five of the world’s out-of-school children is in Nigeria, while 536,132 out of school boys and girls are in Katsina State.

Dr Muntaka Mukhtar maintained that such norms also push parents to prioritize the education of their sons over their daughters, forcing them into child marriage.

He added that with joint collaboration between foreign partners and Nithe Nigerian Government Coupled with the maximum support and cooperation of parents and other stakeholders involved the menace would come to an end.

The dialogue was organized by the Katsina State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in collaboration with UNICEF.

AAbdullahi Jalaluddeen

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