Vanguard (Lagos)

5 December 2012

Nigeria: 7.5 Million Females Out of School - Wike

The Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, on Tuesday in Abuja said that out of the more than 10 million children out of school across the country, 7.5 million are females.

The minister, who made this known while declaring open a capacity building workshop to scale up Mothers' Association at senatorial level in Sokoto, adding that the figure was not good for the future of the girl-child in the country.

At the workshop organised by the Federal Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Office for the seven states of the North West geo-political zone, Wike tasked mothers in the North-West geo-political zone to shape the future of their female children by ensuring that they are enrolled into schools.

Represented by the Deputy Director, Special Education in the ministry, Mrs Elizabeth Omotowa, Wike said that the workshop was aimed at empowering mothers to shore up the enrollment capacity of children in their communities.

"We believe that the children are closer to their mothers and mothers can make impact in the lives of the children, especially the girls in their community by encouraging them to attend school."

Wike expressed optimism that the capacity building would meet the ministry's set objectives through improved enrollment among girls.

Also speaking, Mr Aliyu Kardi, the North West Zonal Coordinator of the Universal Basic Education, said women education in the North has improved, compared to 30 years ago.

Also, Mrs Adeola Fola, the Assistant Director, Gender Education in the Ministry of Education, urged parents not to bury the potential of their female children by denying them normal education.

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