The government, civil societies and stakeholders in education have been urged to rethink initiatives that will increase the enrollment of girls in schools. Ms. Theresa Biniyat, Executive Director of EL-VOW Foundation stated on Monday 12th October, 2020.
Speaking at an event organised by El-VOW Foundation to commemorate the International Day of the Girl Child, with the theme, “My Voice, Our Equal Future”. The event was held at Ekuzeh Primary School, Rimau District of Kajuru local government area of Kaduna state. The session reflected on working templates to getting 13.5 million out-of-school children back to school in Nigeria. This discrepancy is further exacerbated as 60% of out-of-school children are girls. With low perceptions of the value of education for girls and early marriages among the reasons. Ms. Biniyat also noted that inclusive education should not stop with girl child but include the physically challenged.
The event which set out to observe the international day of the girl child was all about sharing of inspiring stories about great women who are developing innovative solutions or leading efforts towards positive social change, including gender equality, in their communities and nations.
The desk officer for girl child education in Kajuru Local Government Education Authority Ms. Gloria John Yarba was full of appreciation for NGOs like El-VOW who are amplifying actions and impact to inspire more girls to have a voice that harps for an equal future, regardless of gender.
Initially known as YOWE and founded in 2008, registered under the Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria as EL-VOW Foundation also with Kaduna State Government Ministries of NGOs/Youth and Sports, and Education/Women Affairs. EL-VOW has been working with vulnerable groups with a higher risk of poverty and social exclusion.