By Daniel Tyokua
As the world marks the International Day of the Girl Child, Helpline Foundation for the Needy has urged government at all levels to come up with more policies that would strengthen girl child development in the country.
Speaking at the skill acquisition training programme organised for over 200 girls on Thursday in Karu, Nasarawa State, the founder Dr Jumai Ahmadu said skills acquisition training was one of the areas that will equip the girl child through bridging the gender disparity in the society.
Dr Ahmadu regretted the high rate of girls who could not access education or any form of skill acquisition that will prepare them for future challenges.
She observed that across the world, especially in Nigeria, girls face adversities that hinder their education, training and entry into the workforce, just as she urged the government to come up with measures that will change the narratives.
“It is disturbing to see our girls hawking on the streets across the country while their male counterparts are in classes. Statistics have shown that girls constitute a higher number of dropout from school children in Nigeria. We are using this occasion to urge government to reverse this ugly trend by initiating policies that will equip the girl child to face future challenges.
“They have less access to information, communication technology and resources, such as the internet where the global gender gap is growing. A quarter of young people, most of them girls, are neither employed nor getting an education or training,” Dr Ahmadu observed.
Commenting on this year’s theme: “With Her: A Skilled Girl Force”, she described the theme as apt, adding that the 1.1 billion girls of today’s world are challenging the status quo.
Recall that the United Nations have adopted October 11 as International Day for the Girl Child.