COVID-19 RESPONSIBLE FOR OUT OF SCHOOL GIRLS – OFFICIAL.

By Khadija Aliyu

The ward head of Gama in Nasarawa local area, Alhaji Rabi’u Muhammad Isyaku has described lack of funds for girl child education as the major problem bedevelling the educational system.

Alhaji Rabi’u stated this during a town hall meeting on socio Cultural barriers for girls education organized by PERL-ECP, held in kano.

A cross section of participants

According to him, the government should as a matter of urgency allocate a certain percentage of funds for girl child education due to their needs and aspirations.

The ward head noted that, girls education play a significant role in the development of a nation as such there was the need to provide all the necessary materials and condusive learning enviroment to cater for their health and well being.

Earlier the Director Engaged Citizens Pillar (ECP),Partnership to engage reform and learn (PERL), Hajiya Hajara Sulaiman pointed out that the town hall meeting was organized to dig out socio Cultural barriers hindering the education of girls education in Kano.

She said,PERL is engaging partners to ensure that progress in the education of girls goes down to the grassroots.

“The organization provides support to citizens to engage with government for effective governance and service delivery”

Presenting a paper titled”Social Barriers on Girls Education” the coordinator of Kano budget working group, Comrade Safiyanu Lawan Bichi identified some common social barriers which includes, gender bias, division of labour, violence, male decision makers among others.

He explained that research indicates that violence aginst women increased during the covid-19 pandemic, there by increasing the number of out of school girls.

” We must ensure that all girls and young women recieve qualitative education as their human right and a global development priority”

Over 70 participants drawn from all works of life, brainstormed and identified supporters and opposers of girls education in their various communities and how to overcome the challenges bedeviling girl child education in the state.

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