By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria -Kaduna State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has said that Government is making all efforts to ensure that out-of-school children particularly the girl-child are returned to school.
Assistant Director of Schools in the Ministry, Mallam Abdulhamid Ahmed, stated this during the Global Action Week on education with a theme: “My Education My Right” organised by Civil Society Action Coalition On Education For All In Kaduna State, (CSACEFA), held at Government Girls Secondary School, (GGSS), Tudun Nupawa Kaduna South Local Government Area, on Wednesday.
According to him, one of such efforts by government is the abolishment of school fees for the girl-child in the state.
“A forthnight ago I was at Makurdi for a draft of the law to protect Nigerian children in schools. So when this law scale through Nigerian children would be well protected in schools.”
He commended the Coalition for its concern to develop and uplift education in the state, and assured that the ministry will continue to partner CSACEFA to achieve this goal.
In her remarks, Principal of the school, Hajiya Sekinat Aliyu who thanked the state government for making education free for the girl-child said it was now left for them to study very hard to excell in their endeavours.
“Like I’ve always said I do not want to see you at the end hawking sugar canes, groundnuts and roasting corn by the roadside because I won’t be happy.
“Rather, I want to see you excell in your academics to become bankers, doctors, lawyers, accountants, nurses among others. This is my prayer for you and it will make me very proud,” she said.
The Deputy Director, Agency for Mass Literacy, Kaduna, Mrs Sophy Simon, said the agency wants all citizens to be educated particularly the girl-child, hence,they should be given opportunity to go to school.
She advised those who are opportuned to be in school to continue to forged ahead and not allow anyone to stop them in the quest to acquire education so that at end, they could become better citizens contributing their quota to nation building.
According to her, there are many women all over the world today who have emerged leaders in their respective field of endeavours, and this wouldn’t have been possible if they did not acquire education.
Also speaking, a Director in the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, (MWASD), Hajiya Sa’adat Mahmoud also advised the girl-child to make education top priority at this stage of their lives.
She informed the gathering that the ministry is for all as it has the mandate to cater for the well-being of women, children, people living with disabilities and the elderly ones in the state.
She said that one aspects of social development is education, and when there is education, there is life, hence the girl-child must seized the opportunity given to them by government to acquired quality education.
Speaking on behalf of other students, a Senior Secondary 2 (SS2) Science, 17 year-old Aishatu Abdulrazak, thanked the Government for giving them the second chance to return to school.
She promised that they will study hard to make the state proud.
Earlier, state Coordinator of CSACEFA, Mrs Theresa Binniyat said the Coalition is working under the education sector: Education For All, with a vision and mission to ensure every child in Nigeria has basic quality education.
She disclosed that the event is a call to action by CSACEFA to stakeholders, ministry of education, ministry of women affairs, Agency for Mass Literacy among others.
Binniyat also said that it is the commitment of these stakeholders to ensure that out- of-school children particularly the girl-child identified by the Coalition are enrolled and supported fully through their primary and secondary education in line with the State Govt policy on girl-child education.
“CSACEFA is also calling for a synergy between the coalition and MDAs concern to carry out sensitization on rights/needs for the girl-child education with parents, in urban or rural communities so as to ensure no child is left behind,” she added.