Bauchi — The United Nation Children Fund (UNICEF) has been supporting the GIrls Education Project (GEP) for the enrolment of one million girl child in schools in the last eight years.
Chief of UNICEF Nigeria, Bauchi field office, Mr Bhanu Pathak disclosed this while speaking at the opening ceremony of the National Development Workshop on Gender Right to Education, Advocacy and Mentoring Skills for High Level Women Advocates (HILWA) held in Bauchi.
He said that under the programme, 1,417 female teachers have been supported through training and Scholarship Schemes.
According to him, UNICEF has over the years supported the Development of women and children through supporting school enrolment drives, empowering communities and assisting in the establishment of the Girls for Girls (G4G) and HILWA groups in various states.
"However, these interventions will record more results when implemented in partnership with and the support of the Government, therefore I encourage the states to continue and more than ever before, intensify efforts to support HILWA activities and girls education,"he said.
Mr Pathak further stated that UNICEF support girls education as well as women empowerment and inspiring young girls to achieve their full potentials especially through education.
"I wish to conclude with a quote from former First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama, to highlight the point that women must continue to work together to help themselves. "
'Women are the beacon of change in our society and as women, we must stand up for justice for all," he said.
While speaking, the wife of Bauchi State governor, Hajiya Hadiza Mohammed Abubakar said HILWA have been working round the clock to ensure enrolment of girl child in schools as well as retaining them in the schools to transit form one level to another.
She called on men to support girl-child education saying that if they give their support, women will actively participate in the decision-making process.