Now when the world is facing social problems on a large scale, the need of the hour is promoting Education to all. Education is the cornerstone of everything, and without education, there cannot be the reduction in poverty in any country. Education is the only hardest sector to transform. Nigeria is also part of this global village and the children in the northeast have lost two years of education.
We all are very well aware of the fact that an educated woman is more of an asset than uneducated one or even educated man. You must be knowledgeable to lead, to rule you must be knowledgeable.
So as of now as part of effort in promoting Girl child education in Nigeria, on February 20th, the United Nations International Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF), in association with the Sultan Foundation for Peace and Development met with the education representatives of the 19 Northern states to review the status of the education sector in the region and eradicate the alma Jiri menace.
During the meeting that was chaired by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III stress was laid on the need for the education of girl child as part of measures to address the problems in the region. He described as unfortunate the situation where leaders of the northern extraction don’t pay much attention to girl child education.
Sultan while addressing the gathering said, “UNICEF and Sultan Foundation for Peace and Development underscore the importance of educating girls and to remove the perception that the place of the girl child is in the kitchen or the home.”
He continued further that we should all believe that an educated girl is better in bringing up better family and citizenry to the world because we all know the importance of our mothers. While urging the governors of 19 northern states to work out a deliberate plan to promote girl-child education in the region, he said “We must make it a priority to educate our female children.”
While admiring the vital role played by females, he said, “If you check the lifestyle of an individual, if it’s good, check the family background. If bad, check the family background. The women play that important role of bringing up the society.”
Jean Gough, UNICEF Nigeria, Country Representative was of the view that Nigeria is striving hard to achieve the goal of President Muhammadu Buhari in transforming the education sector. With a hope that the year 2016 will be a year of true change all the leaders of Nigeria should stand untidily and take proper action.