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Girl Child Day: Group advocates for safety in schools

The Education Programme Manager of ActionAid, Mr. Andrew Mamedu, stated this while speaking to journalists at the weekend at an event to mark the International…

The Education Programme Manager of ActionAid, Mr. Andrew Mamedu, stated this while speaking to journalists at the weekend at an event to mark the International Day of the Girl Child with the theme “Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence”.
Mr. Mamedu said school facilities, qualitative teachers as well as safe and secure learning environment are needed to mobilise girls to go to school and remain there.
“We still have gender disparity in basic education enrolment, retention and completion against girls especially in the northern parts of the country,” he said.
He added that through ActionAid’s Transforming Education for Girls in Nigeria (TEGIN) programme, thousands of school aged girls have been sensitised in various communities in the northern states on the importance of education.
Mamedu said TEGIN is a special initiative meant for transforming girls’ education in Northern Nigeria, adding that the project borders on enrolment and addressing key challenges that are hindering girls’ education.
He added that the group is collaborating with Nigeria Medical Association, Nigeria Union of Teachers (women wing), Nigeria Society of Engineers and NAWOJ in Sokoto State in its effort to boost girls’ education in the state.

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