37% girl child literacy level in Kano worrisome, says UNICEF


The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) yesterday expressed worry over 37 per cent literacy rate of girl child in Kano despite huge investment and opportunities on the education of members of their group in the state.

The UNICEF Chief Field Officer in Kano, Maulid Warfa, who disclosed the frightening statistics, decried the 39 per cent girl child enrollment in primary education.

Warfa, who spoke at a mentorship workshop for 100 girls selected from junior and senior secondary schools in Kano, advocated strong political will to attract more girl for enrollment in school.

Warfa posited that UNICEF was in full support of legislation that enforces completion of primary and secondary education for girl child prior marriage.

He contended that about 80 per cent challenges bedeviling girl child, including health, could be addressed if government channelled more resources to the education of those in the group.

While reaffirming continue support of UNICEF on education of girl child, Warfa said agreement was concluded to raise the necessary support that the state government needed to ensure effective implementation of gild child education project.

The global body said that unless girls are given the opportunity to access education, they would not be able to become what they want to become in life.

Warfa stressed the need for the northern states governments to continue to give priority attention to education in order to address the fundamental social problems bedevilling the society.

“If girls are educated, many problems will be addressed. Educated women will not allow their children to miss the routine immunization. Education of women will also take good care of their children,” he said.

In her remarks, the state chairperson of the High Level Women Advocates (HILWA), Prof. Aisha Abdul Ismail, said the association was working in six local government areas on advocacy visit to enlighten parents, especially at the rural areas, on the importance of girl child education.

“We have started seeing the result of what we are doing because the number of girls in schools have started increasing,” she said.
The workshop was organised by Kano State Universal Basic Education Board and the High Level Women Advocates in collaboration with UNICEF.

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