1.3m Girls  Benefit From UNICEF Intervention On School Enrolment, Completion

1.3m Girls  Benefit From UNICEF Intervention On School Enrolment, Completion

By Chika Mefor-Nwachukwu

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)  has revealed that  it’s Girls Education Plan 3 (GEP3) intervention initiative has contributed to the enrollment and completion of education of 1.

3 million girls in Northern Nigeria.

 UNICEF Chief Field Officer,  Rahama Farah stated this in Kano, during a media dialogue on Girls Education funded by Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and implemented by UNICEF, in collaboration with Kano State Qur’anic and Islamiyya Schools Management Board  (KSQISMB)

 Farah who explained that the GEP3 programme is being implemented in  Niger, Sokoto, Katsina, Zamfara, Bauchi and Kano, added that with more support and collaborations, more girls will not only be enrolled in school,  ut also comet their education.

He however disclosed that there are 18.5 million out of school children in Nigeria, majority from the northern part of the country, adding that 60 percent  of this number are girls.

Speaking on the importance of  girls’ education  in the society, Farah re-echoed the saying that  “when you educate a girl, you educate a nation”

 On school emergency preparedness and response plans, Farah stated that plans  have been put in place to mitigate the impact of potential and actual threats in schools adding that  UNICEF is collaborating with the government, partners and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to help children survive, thrive and attain their full potentials.

In a Presentation titled ‘why educating girls is important’ Education Specialist, UNICEF Country Office, Abuja, Ms Azuka Menkiti explained that, girls education especially O’level has greatly reduced the number of child and maternal mortality rates.

She identified poverty, poor infrastructure, cultural norms and practices as some of the barriers to girl child education.

 Also speaking, Manager, UNICEF Field Office, Kano, Micheal Bands while speaking on “Supporting Girls’ Education in northern Nigeria through GEP3 Interventions, said the Cash Transfer component of the programme has tremendously increased Girls school enrollment in many families.


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