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Kano-UNICEF to sustain female youth education

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By Akintola Timothy

Kano State Government investing in the female youth education transition.

The United Nation International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) continues to project the global need to ensure that every child enjoys quality education. In Nigeria where numerous children, especially females have become out-of-school victims, mostly as a result of the prevailing insecurity that has hugely affected the country, the right to basic education is being taken away from so many girls. As a basic right, it has again been emphasized, as incorporated in the Nigeria Child Act 2003, Act 15, as well as the United Nations Convention for the rights of children 1989, Article 28. These acts make children right bearers to basic education and as such, UNICEF is ensuring the sustainability of female education in Nigeria.

Statistics indicate that female children account for 60 percent of the 10 million out-of-school children in Nigeria, with 30 percent of girls aged 9-12, having never attended school. Kano is one of the states hugely affected by the recurring cases of insecurity and as such, have restricted numerous children from accessing basic education. Kano State Government have since commenced investing in female education project and as a part of the effort towards the sustainability of this project, UNICEF has collaborated with Kano State Government to launch champions in ensuring the educational transition and its sustainability in the state.

Champions inaugurated to ensure transition of girls to secondary education.

Inaugurated champions consist of 8 important stakeholders, including a representative from the state’s ministry of education, state universal basic education, SUBEB and civil society organization among others. UNICEF’s Lead Resource Person, Dr. Hasfat Yakasai, during the inauguration event, stated that barriers such as security, sexual harassment and attitudinal perceptions have hugely affected the transitioning of females in Kano State, urging the champions members to work effectively towards salvaging this menace and enhance the education process.

She stated that quite a range of issues like the access to school were highlighted as the obstacles that have plagued education of females in the state and feasible solutions, proffered. Dr. Yakasai further stated that the integration of the champions was however posed towards reigniting them to the challenges that the girl or child faces and ensuring the transitioning of the girls to secondary education. She went on to note that most girls in the state did not transit to higher education levels and as such, these champions were saddled with the responsibility of promoting community commitment to enhancing the transition of them to secondary education.

Collaboration with Girls4Girls to improve success chances of the Champions.

The champions have also been tasked with educating the communities and stakeholders through advocacies and campaigns about the importance of education in the emancipation of girls and the need to uphold it. Dr. Yakasai stated that the meetings they had provided them with a Term of Reference that would serve as a guide to help them understand what to and what not to do, where they were also admonished to keep working with HILWA to serve as role models to help motivate the girls to receive education.

Another responsibility that the champions would perform is working with the Girls4Girls (G4G), a platform already enacted in the schools by girls, as they are aware of factors that restrict many girls from receiving a formal education. Thus, collaborating with them will further improve the success chances of the champions. The meeting, as disclosed was a part of the sustainability measures to help stakeholders at community level to involve themselves in the functions that UNICEF/ Foreign Commonwealth Development Office is facilitating.

General public urged to change their perceptions about girls’ education.

Danlami Hayyo, the Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB however urged the general public to have a perception change about the education of females, further imploring them to ensure the enrollment of their wards for education. He also noted that with immense efforts, the sustainability of the Girls Education Program had commenced. He said that while some GEP programs had been inculcated in the government’s activities, the government was also working to address the out-of-school situations with its free and compulsory education policy.


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Abusi
Abusi
1 year ago

We know how integral female education is for equality of alll citizens. I applaud what the UNICEF are doing in Kano. More females need to be saved from the shackles of ignorance and illiteracy.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
1 year ago

The UNICEF as been doing all very good work kudos to them, enrolling girl into school so they can be educated and be useful for them self in the future freeing them from ignorant

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
1 year ago

It’s good to hear that immense efforts towards the sustainability of the Girls Education Program has commenced. I applaud what the UNICEF are doing in Kano.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
1 year ago

UNICEF, which stands for the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, has not stopped stressing the importance of ensuring that every kid has access to an education of sufficient caliber.0

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
1 year ago

As a result of these acts, children are granted the right to basic education, and UNICEF is working to ensure that female education in Nigeria may continue into the foreseeable future.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
1 year ago

UNICEF and the government of Kano State have worked together to establish champions for the purpose of securing the educational transition and its continued viability in the state.

Christiana
Christiana
1 year ago

the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, has not stopped stressing the importance of ensuring that every kid has access to an education of sufficient caliber.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
1 year ago

The transitioning of females in Kano State has been enormously impacted by both sexual harassment and attitudinal perceptions. Therefore, we are requesting the members of the champions to work effectively toward rescuing this menace and improving the education process.

Bola12
Bola12
1 year ago

UNICEF and Kano State Government launched champions to ensure educational transition and sustainability.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
1 year ago

Despite the fact that some GEP initiatives had been included into the activities of the government, the government was also trying to solve the out-of-school situations with its policy of providing free and mandatory education.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
1 year ago

although some GEP programs had been included into the actions of the government, the government was also striving to solve the out-of-school situations with its policy of providing free and mandatory education.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
1 year ago

The perceptions of attitudes have had a significant impact on the process of transitioning for females in Kano State. As a result, we are calling the members of the champions to work actively toward rescuing this problem and improving the educational system.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
1 year ago

The meeting, as disclosed was a part of the sustainability measures to help stakeholders at community level to involve themselves in the functions that UNICEF/ Foreign Commonwealth Development Office is facilitating.

DimOla
DimOla
1 year ago

Awareness needy to be created on importance of girl child education sighting examples of those who have excel as a female in our society. Thanks to Kano-UNICEF partnership who have taken it upon themselves to ensure girl child education in their state even up to tertiary institutions.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
1 year ago

A lot still need to be done concerning education system in the northern part of the country both female and male education and government need to take full charge on all the issue hindering education system .

jdpumping
jdpumping
1 year ago

kudos to Kano UNICEF for encouraging the girl child education but there is need for lts of improvement.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
1 year ago

Where the world is advancing in science and technology we can’t afford to be backward in Nigeria. We need to meet up with the pace of the world. Both male and the female youth need to education. No one is more important than the other. Just like the male education was given priority the female to should be given the same. That is a nice move by the government of kano state in partnership with UNICEF

Remi1
Remi1
1 year ago

Statistics indicate that female children account for 60 percent of the 10 million out-of-school children in Nigeria, with 30 percent of girls aged 9-12, having never attended school. It’s really sad.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
1 year ago

Well unicef is trying so much but the truth is that past and present government no care or value education in Nigeria at all. All their children they outside country they study and they call theirself leader. Shame be upto them

theApr
theApr
1 year ago

Both sexual harassment and attitudinal attitudes have had a significant impact on how Kano State’s female population transitions. Therefore, we are demanding that the champions’ members work hard to stop this threat and enhance the educational process.