School Enrolment Advancement Initiative: Enhancement of Gender Parity in Nigerian Schools through the Promotion of Girl-Child Education

What is Girl-Child Education?

Girl-Child Education: The Federal Ministry of Education in its 2003 Education Sector Analysis Study found that gender disparity in school enrolment in favour of boys is most acute in 15 Northern States in Nigeria. They are: Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Nasarawa, Niger, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe and Zamfara for girls’ dropout. The study however showed that there is gender disparity in favour of girls in some Southern States (especially Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Imo and Akwa Ibom) where boys’ dropping out is most predominant.

Aims and Objectives

 change the mind-sets and attitudes of parents and communities towards the educational training of the Girl-child;
 conduct massive enlightenment campaigns to promote gender sensitivity and men/boy’s participation in all spheres of our national life;
 draw the attention of Policy Markers to the need to domesticate the Child Rights Acts in states that have not done so;
 enlighten the participating states, on the best practical measures for improving school enrolment, retention, completion and performance of boys in Nigeria;
 enlighten Nigerians on the vision and mission of NEPAD;
 Support interventions aimed at eradicating illiteracy and poverty and achieving sustainable development.

What is happening in the programmme?

i. In 2009, NEPAD Nigeria conducting One-Day National Stakeholders Workshop on Best practices and Measures for promoting Quality Girl-Child Education in Nigeria held on Gubabi Royal Hotel, Abuja, 6thJuly, 2009.
ii. In 2010, NEPAD Nigeria embarked on the School Enrolment Advancement Initiative by conducting a One-day Sensitization Campaign for Promoting quality Girl-Child Education in Northern Nigeria which was successfully held at Lafia, Nassarawa State on 17th March, 2010, drawing representatives from all the 6 States of North East zone (Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba, Nasarawa & Adamawa ).
What progress has been made so far? i. Creating gender equality awareness and ensure an egalitarian society.
ii. Reduce the level of illiteracy especially among Girl/women; improved their living standard
iii. Encourage political/government to the promotions of gender equality in Nigeria
iv. Enhance high enrolment and reduce the incidence of pupils/students particularly Girl dropping out in schools; and
v. Coordinate in secure sponsorship/scholarship in support of
vi. Girl/women education to ensure high access, retention and completion rates
vii. Sensitize Nigerians about the vision, mission and objectives of NEPAD Nigeria

The Team

a) NEPAD Nigeria Education branch; Director, AD,CPO, Education officers.
b) Federal Ministry of Education and its parastatais;
c) State MDAs;
d) Federal ministry of women Affairs;
f) NEPAD State coordinators;
h) Students;
i) Primary School Management Board;
j) CSOs/NGOs;
k) Parents e.t.c