In Northern states: Provost wants girl-child education promoted
From Umar Danladi Ado, Sokoto
Concerned with the challenges of girl-child education in the Northern states, a Sokoto-based educationist, Dr. Muhammad Wadata Hakimi, has advocated for the change of parent’s perception to promote the girl-child education in the region.
Dr. Hakimi, who is the Provost of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, made the appeals while speaking to journalists on the importance of female education in the Northern part of the country.
“It is sad that some communities in the region are still discriminating against the girl-child education,” Dr. Hakimi said.
The Provost believed that offering quality and free education to young girls would promote societal progress, saluting the state government for being committed in that direction.
The educationist observed that activities of terrorists in the region are targeting girl-child education; hence schools need good security arrangements.
Other factors affecting the girl-child education in the North, according to him, include religion, culture and traditions as well as child marriage.
He suggested solutions to the problem which include organising awareness programmes, awarding grants and scholarship to girls, partnership with Non-Governmental Organizations and provision of educational infrastructures by all levels of government.