Educating the girl child is of enormous benefit to the nation
Aimed at highlighting and addressing “the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights”, October 11 every year has since 2012 been marked as the International Day of the Girl Child. The theme for this year is “With Her: A Skilled GirlForce”, which according to the United Nations marks “the beginning of a year-long effort to bring together partners and stakeholders to advocate for, and draw attention and investments to, the most pressing needs and opportunities for girls to attain skills for employability”.
As we therefore mark the day in Nigeria, we join in calling on the authorities to work towards the safe return of the remaining Chibok 112 girls as well as that of the lone Dapchi schoolgirl, Miss Leah Sharibu, who was held back by the insurgents on account of her Christian faith. Meanwhile, the benefits of keeping the girl child in school are enormous. An educated woman is likely to ensure some basic level of education for her children, leading to a reduction in national illiteracy rates, and poverty levels in the long term.