By Ikenna Osuoha
An NGO, She Forum Africa (SFA), in partnership with Pathfinder International (PI), on Monday, advocated for digital education and financial empowerment of the girl-child.
The Founder of SFA, Ms Inimfon Etuk, made the call at an event to mark the 2021 International Day of the Girl Child (IDG) with the theme: “Digital Generation, Our Generation”.
Etuk said the organisation was committed to prioritising education of the girl-child and emphasised the need to close the gap between boys and girls.
She said mentorship and social accountability were vital to educating the girl-child in digital world.
She added that “we are capitalising on this year’s theme to make sure the girl-child learns right and safe.
“Over 10 million children according to UNICEF are out of school in Nigeria, and 50 per cent are girls.”
The She Forum Africa Founder, who reiterated the importance of education for the girl-child, called for increased efforts toward strengthening the security architecture for continuous access to education.
Dr Amina Dorayi, the Country Director of Pathfinder International, said that the essence of the event was to provide support or capacity to young people to utilise digital technology.
Dorayi explained that there was need for young people, especially girls, to use digital education to better their lives to be able to fit in the evolving digital age.
She said “we are partnering with stakeholders on the need for young girls to realise the benefits of education, especially digital education.
“We have a lot of people of different groups that are learning to close the gap in education for girls.”
Dorayi, who condemned insecurity and kidnapping of school children, said it was the biggest threat to education enrollment in the country.
She called on government and other actors to work in synergy to tackle insecurity in the country for educational safe spaces.
“Every girl deserves a right to school, every girl deserves a safe space,’’ she stressed.
Mrs Hajarat Alayande, the Director, Mass Education, FCT, also stressed the need to close the education gap between girls and boys.
Alayande, represented by Mrs Victoria Nworgu, said: “this is the generation of the girl-child because she is in a position to close the gap.”
The Mass Education Director explained that there was no age discrimination in effort to access education.
According to her, the FCT mass education has 77 years old woman in the programme.
She expressed the determination of the FCT to continue to partner with Pathfinder and others in bridging the gap in education.
Ms Mercy Bolaji of Stand with a Girl Initiative (SWAG) said that investment in the girl-child was certainly investment in the society.
“When the society invests in the girl-child, everyone wins. Girls rule the world.”
She expressed commitment of the initiative to empower the girl-child for advanced and better society.
NAN reports that in 2011, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution adopting Oct. 11 as International Day of the Girl Child, recognising girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls around the world face toward realising their potential (NAN)