Monday 26th June, 2017
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UNICEF seeks equal education opportunity for African children

UNICEF seeks equal education opportunity for African children

The United Nations Children’s Fund ( UNICEF) has strongly advocated equal education opportunity for African chil­dren so as not to deny them opportunity to develop their potentials.
 
Abia State UNICEF Desk Officer, Mr. Okezie Nkpa, who made the advocacy dur­ing the 2017 Day of African Child held at Urban 1 Pri­mary School Umuahia, con­demned the obsolete attitude of some parents who still discriminate against their female children in preference to their male counterparts.
 
He blamed the poor educa­tion of girls in many states on gender inequality and called for attitudinal change, argu­ing that denial of the educa­tional rights of girls give birth to other forms of discrimina­tion.
 
The UNICEF Desk Offi­cer regretted that apart from education inequality , the girl child also faces other forms of discrimination such as sexual abuse, child marriage, child trafficking, forced labour, and female genital mutilation.
 
Earlier in a lecture entitled “accelerating protection, em­powerment and equal op­portunities for children in Africa by 2030”, a UNICEF- acclaimed resource per­son, Dr. Chigozie Ogbonna, tasked government on free and compulsory basic educa­tion for all children.
 
He also tasked government to make tertiary education accessible for all Nigeria chil­dren by 2030, and to evolve measures to check the high rate of school drop- outs es­pecially among boys.
 
Dr. Ogbonna also advocat­ed equal and equitable access to education for gifted and disadvantaged children espe­cially the children of persons living with disabilities.
 
He called on government at all levels to deal with all forms of violence against children including child la­bour , child prostitution and corporal punishments.

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