The Federal Government, through the National Institute for Education Planning and Administration, has decried the lack of attention to the education of the girl-child in the country.
Speaking during the opening of a five-day training workshop for school administrators held in Ondo, Ondo State, the Director-General of NIEPA, Prof. Lilian Salami, who conveyed the government’s position, said the girl-child, in comparison to the opposite sex, was being subjected to “demeaning and destabilising situations” that had placed her at a disadvantaged position in the society.
Salami urged stakeholders in the education sector to inject new innovations into the school system and to encourage non-gender discriminatory learning.
She said, “Equity education for all, irrespective of gender, is what we hope to achieve. Education is a fundamental human right that should be availed to all citizens, irrespective of age, sex and nationality.
“Women, like their male counterparts, have the right to choice and self actualisation. But what we see in most societies today is the other way round.
“The evidence is everywhere for all to see. Maybe if the girl-child was educated, she would be in a better position to apply wisdom to improve her lot. We are all stakeholders in the fortunes of education in Nigeria. So we must contribute our quota to its development.”
She urged the participants at the training workshop to pass on the knowledge to other colleagues, noting that this would enhance their capabilities and professionalism.
The representative of the Federal Ministry of Education, Mrs. Cordelia Ajaego, said that the objective of the training was to have highly skilled and well motivated education managers and teachers.