FG Launches National Policy On Gender In Education

FG Launches National Policy On Gender In Education
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By Chika Mefor-Nwachukwu

In a bid to ensure that the numbers of out-of-school children in Nigeria are reduced and ensure that both boys and girls who are out of school return back to school, the federal government has on Monday, November 15, launched the National Policy on Gender in Education.


Speaking during the launch, the permanent secretary of the Federal  Ministry of Education, Arch Sonny Echono stated that the revised National Policy on Gender in Education was a step in the right direction as it cuts across all levels of education, captures emerging issues, cross cutting issues and a whole lot more.

He urged all sectors and states to ensure that the policy is used as a tool for achieving not only gender equality and equity but achievement of SDG 2030 Agenda.

Also speaking during her goodwill Chief of Education UNICEF Nigeria, Saadhna Panday expressed the Fund’s delight in working with the Nigeria government and other partners in bring the policy to fruition adding that the launch of the Policy was a demonstration of the transformative political will and strategic investment being made in girls’ education in Nigeria.

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“And we know what works to increase girl’s participation in education – from cash transfer programmes, to compacts with men and with communities, to multiple, flexible, and certified learning pathways, to investing in skills development for girts.

“Our challenge going forward is not to figure out what to do to achieve gender equality, but how to deliver these proven strategies through sustainable delivery mechanisms with speed, scale, and quality.

“Even before COVID-19, the world was off track in achieving SDG4 and SDGS. In this UN decade of action, it is critical that countries like Nigeria with large, youthful populations are at the forefront of driving transformative change to achieve the SDGs. Success in Nigeria will deliver success for Africa and indeed for the globe!

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“There is a rich store of data on the benefits accruing t girls, women and to societies when investments are made in girls’ education, in particular secondary education. It dramatically increases the life time earnings of girls child marriage rates decline; child mortality rates decline; and child stunting drops.

“Nigeria has made bold strides in closing the gender gap in education, but significant regional disparities remain in enrolment, retention, and transition rates for girls This is fueled by among other factors, high rates of poverty, safety and security concerns, gender biases and social norms and traditions.

“The COVID-19 pandemic and levels of insecurity in some parts of the country has rolled back hard-fought gains in education participation. Too many girls are at very high risk of never returning to the classroom. in middle income countries, poor academic performance and drop out & also becoming a boy’s phenomenon,” she said.

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She added that UNICEF is ready to work with government, partners, communities, teachers parents, and students to deliver high quality education services for every girl and boy.

“We must make every effort to support children and young people in leading productive, meaningful, and happy life that they so richly deserve and want,” she said.