[Article] On Girl-Child Education

Girl’s education is one of the most effective ways for ending poverty in developing nations. The benefits of their education are seen by individuals, their families, and throughout the society.
The benefits include; birth spacing, reduced child mortality rates, lower maternal mortality rates, prevention against HIV/AIDS infection and increase in the number of working women both in public and private sectors.
Education is one of the most critical areas of empowerment for women and it is twice as much for women as to men.
The biggest challenge in promoting girl-child participation in education is how to change the societal female perception in a male dominated society.
The initiatives can only succeed if they are driven from within (community level) with external support by government and members of local and international organizations especially in terms of grinding poverty and hunger.
In such harsh economic circumstances, both direct and hidden costs to a family of sending daughters to school are perceived by parents to be prohibitive in terms of the provision of books, uniforms as well as the loss of vital help at home.
We can achieve giving girls education by persuading the parents to educate their children and empower various stakeholders to create a system that will promote and support girl-child education.
This can be done through increasing girls’ enrollment, reforming schools administration, improving learning outcome and showing the children importance of education among others.
Written by Kassim Tijjani Turaki from Bayero University Kano (BUK)

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