26 January 2008

Nigeria: Summit Rates Female Education Below Standard

Abuja — Female participants at the Igala Education Summit that held recently, have decried the low level of women participation in vocational education.

A communique issued at the end of the Summit stressed on improved participation in efficient services such as technical training, engineering as well as practitioners in commerce aimed at sustaining small and large scale industries.

The summit emphasised the role of women in national development, stating that they play a vital role especially at the grassroots when given the chance.

To show its commitment to improved education as stipulated in the Millennium Development Goals scheme, four tertiary students with outstanding performance were awarded scholarships.

Similarly, it encouraged participants and graduates of vocational schoold to embrace the micro-credit policy of the federal government to gain capital to set up their businesses, through the establishment of micro-credit institutions.

The Igala education summit started in 2001 by Professor F. Idachaba, is aimed at identifying constraints and finding their solutions.

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