By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), All Children Charity International Foundation (ACCIF), in its contribution to providing education to out of school vulnerable girls has put in motion machineries to enroll 120 out of school girl-child back to the classroom.
This was disclosed by Team Leader of the organization, Barrister Paul Daudu during a community sensitization visit to Makarfi District in Makarfi Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Thursday, March 28, 2018.
The project which is in collaboration with the TY Danjuma Foundation will pick forty out of school girl-child from three communities which include Marke, Nassarawa Doya and Makarfi.
According to Barr. Daudu, certain criteria were put in place before selecting the beneficiaries this includes; death of parents, financial constrain and poverty.
“The girls will be provided with free learning materials, they will be trained in soft skills (baking, soap making, bead making etc).
“We indulge the community members of Makarfi and the surrounding villages, parents of girl child missing out of school to support the project and also ensure that their girl-child especially those who dropped out of secondary school (Junior/Senior) come forward to be accessed and further benefit from the good gesture of the TY Danjuma Foundation 2018 project.
“We strongly believe that this project will further bring more developmental projects at the Local Government and the state in general,” he said.
ACCIF explained that girls’ education has long been recognized as a human right. Past international commitments include addressing gender equality within the education system, the first step to eliminating all forms of discrimination against women.
“This right to education is denied to 58 million girls, and a further 45 million boys, even at the primary school level. More than 75 countries have missed the MDG target for gender parity in primary and secondary.
“On current trends, more than 40 per cent of all countries with data are at risk of not achieving gender parity at primary, secondary or both levels of education.”
In his remark, the Acting District Head of Makarfi LGA, Mohammed Bello Makarfi, commended ACCIF for the kind gesture; saying this will change the communities for the better.
The District Head called on parents to allow their girl-child access to school because no community can achieve much without women. He also called on government to focus more on girl-child education.
Similarly, the Village Head of Makarfi, Kabiru Abdullahi, said the ACCIF programme is very laudable and a welcome development; noting that there are lots of youths (boys and girls) who are vulnerable and very brilliant but lack sponsorship for education.