The House Committee on Basic Education has invited a 15-year old student of Command Girl Secondary School, Gusau, Zamfara State, Fa’iza Ibrahim Birnin Magaji, to discuss the effect of insecurity on girl-child education.
The Committee also presented commendation letters to the school and the girl who has been using poem to advocate for safe and improved learning environment for female students.
Presenting the letter at the just concluded 2nd Nigerian Army Education Summit in Sokoto, Honourable Shehu Balarabe Kakale, on behalf of the Committee’s chairman Professor Julius Ihenvbere said the committee has always having its ears and eyes on issues concerning education all over the country.
“It is in the course of this, that we stumbled upon some videos on advocacy and calls for more action on education and school safety on social media platforms, particularly the one shared by Fa’iza.
“In the video, she was appealing to all other students on the situation that the nation has found itself and the need to rededicate effort on civil duties and patriotism.
“She also shares her pain and experience in school being a young students in Zamfara which has been ravaged by insecurity.
“So this caught the attention of the house and we decided to invite her and interact with her on the effect of insecurity on girl child education and how can be solved, so we can also factor it in institutionalizing policy and legislative changes,” he said
Speaking to Daily Trust, Fa’iza who is also the deputy Chief Whip of Zamfara state Students Parliament, said many factors motivated her to write the poem but the most prominent among them was the insecurity in our north.
” I cant bear to see people dying of hunger; I can’t bear to see people being killed, molested and abused any how.”
“I can’t bear to see people crawling on their knees seeking for peace and justice,” she added
According to her, she cancelled her birthday party and used her savings to cater for some victims of banditry in her area.
She urged other students not to be scared , remain in their schools, study hard and become good ambassador.
She expressed profound gratitude to her parents, teachers and the National Assembly.