Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) has urged the Yobe state government to establish more senior Girls Day Secondary Schools to improved girls’ child education in the state.
This was contained in a Press Statement signed by the State Chairperson, Hajiya Fatima Ahmad to commemorate the International Day of the Girl-Child 2021 celebration tagged: “Digital Generation, Our Generation.”
According to the statement, many parents in the state refused to allow girls to attend boarding senior secondary schools.
“Girls, especially in the rural areas mostly drop out of school after writing their JSCE, as parents prefer to send their girls today secondary school to study under their watch and supervision.
“NAWOJ, therefore, advocates for the establishment of more senior girls’ day secondary schools and girl-child friendly computer training centres to encourage girl-child retention and completion of secondary schools,” she said.
However, NAWOJ calls on the ministry of education to prioritize computer literacy by including it in the school curriculum from basic to secondary school education.
“This will equip students with computer knowledge to catch up with the technological advancement in all facets of life.
“Inequality in access to education is a major contributor to the gender digital divide, causing additional barriers to female workforce participation.
“Hence, the need for all stakeholders to provide a conducive environment for the development and equal opportunity for girls.
“While calling on the girl-child to equally make good use of every opportunity at her disposal, NAWOJ believes digital literacy for the girl-child is an essential skill in the modern world that will empower the girl and change the world”.