Maryam Abeeb, Abuja
The ACE charity foundation has assured commitment to create the environment for the re-enrolment and retention of out-of-school girls in secondary schools.
In a statement, by oreoluwa Akomolafe, Asst. Project Officer, ACE Charity, she stressed that the foundation is also committed to improve parents and community gatekeepers’ to support girl child education in states.
The statement read thus ‘’ The main objectives of this project are as follows: to create the environment for the re-enrolment and retention of out-of-school girls in secondary schools in the target states, to improve parents and community gatekeepers’ commitment to support girl child education in selected communities in the target states, ratification of the Child Rights Act in the target states.
‘’In partnership with Malala Fund, we are advocating for the re-enrollment of 1,200 out-of-school girls in government secondary school in Northern Nigeria. This is even more topical as Nigeria currently has 13.2 million children out of school, a significant increase from 10.5 million at the beginning of the year.
‘’Unfortunately, over 60% of children represented in these figures are in Northern Nigeria. One of our focus state for this is Kano state. In Kano, Girls in Kano are under-represented in post-primary or secondary education due to low transition rates of female students from the last year of primary school to secondary i.e. 19% in 2009 based on figures obtained from the Kano State Primary Education Board.
‘’Without doubt, socioeconomic and socio-cultural constraints prevent many girls and women from fulfilling their full potential and poverty remains a persistent socio-economic factor of poor girl child education outcomes particularly in Northern Nigeria.
She aid that the foundation has set to advance the learning experience of pupils and teachers in public schools in Nigeria through it learning centers.
Also, as part of its effort to literacy rates in under-privileged children, the foundation has established 5 functional libraries in Northern states.
According to Non-Governmental Organization, NGO, these Libraries which services about 4,000 children whom have shown significant improvement in literacy and ICT in the past years.