As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark the International Day of the Girl Child 2017, the country has been ranked 27th in the world on the index of the toughest places for a girl child to be well educated.
The country Director of ONE campaign, Serah Makka-Ugbabe, made this known in Abuja.
He said 52 per cent of girls in Northeast have never been to school, making it the toughest region for girls education in Nigeria.
According to her, President Muhammadu Buhari has recently acknowledged the depth of the problem and the Ministry of Education has developed the 2016-2019 Ministerial Strategic Plan.
“According to ONE’s research, the top 10 toughest places for a girl to get an education are South Sudan, Central African Republic, Niger, Afghanistan, Chad, Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Liberia and Ethiopia based on factors including female literacy rates, rate of out-of-school girls, and more. All of these countries are fragile states, and nine of 10 are in Africa.
“Nigeria is ranked 27th on ONE’s index of the toughest places for a girl to get an education, a ranking that underscores the need for action to ensure that every girl in Nigeria gets an education, with particular attention to the regional differences highlighted by the report. Education is in crisis in Nigeria.
“Unfortunately, it is not a crisis that many can see immediately that is what makes addressing it so hard. It is a crisis nonetheless. 52% of girls in Northeast Nigeria have never been to school, making it the toughest region for girls education in Nigeria. “In comparison, only 5% of girls in the South South geopolitical zone have never been to school. For those who are in school, what are the learning outcomes? Are we actually training the future of Nigeria for the 21st century?”
Ugbade also said:”This International Day of the Girl Child, ONE is launching ‘The Toughest Places for a Girl to Get an Education’ Index, which highlights the unique challenges faced by girls in the poorest countries and breaks down the toughest ten countries. Nine of the ten ‘toughest places’ are in Africa, and all are fragile states. “Nigeria is ranked number 27 on ONE’s Toughest Place for Girls to Get an Education Index, reflecting the urgency of the problem facing Africa’s most populous nation. With a population that is set to more than double to 400,000,000 people by 2050, educating Nigeria’s girls is crucial to the country reaping the potential benefits of its population boom”.
The Director-General of the National Centre for Women Development?, Barrister Mary Ekpere Eta, in his welcome remark at the occasion said the girl child has continued to face challenges in many countries of the world, including Nigeria.
She condemned the use of girl child as sex slaves, baby making factory and early and forced marriage resulting in VVF.