Insecurity Threatens Girls’ Education in Kaduna – Stakeholders

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Participants at the event in Kaduna

By EDDY OCHIGBO, Kaduna –

Education sector stakeholders, Kaduna Basic Education Mechanism Leadership (KADBEAM), together with the media, gathered in Kaduna on Tuesday to intensify the implementation of strategies to remove barriers education for girls in the state.

NATIONAL ACCORD reports that girls’ education remains a challenge in Kaduna State, with many obstacles ranging from economic barriers to socio-cultural barriers, preventing girls’ school attendance. Careful observers believe that the risks associated with schooling are much compounded for girls and young women in the state with worsening insecurity in the state.

The scaled strategies for overcoming barriers were developed by the Kaduna Basic Education Mechanism (KADBEAM), in collaboration with Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL), a governance program funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development office.

The State Team Leader, Mr. Abel Adejor, while reiterating that the PERL supports girls’ education in Kaduna State, called on all stakeholders to continue to deepen and sustain the conversation on barriers to girls’ education, using various media platforms.

“The impressive turnout of participants in this engagement is testament to the fact that we are collectively solidifying the structures that PERL has initiated and that the media remain key partners and the vanguard of social development in the sustained campaign to break down barriers to education for girls,” Adejo remarked, commending those he described as Community Development Charter (CDC) champions for their relentless representation of the people at the community level in the campaign.

According to him, community-led advocacy to promote girls’ education is key to ensuring that girls have unhindered access to school to realize their full potential in life.

On his part, PERL Strategist and State Facilitator, Mr. Istifanus Akau, argued that although the Kaduna State government has demonstrated its political will to transform the education sector, the barriers to girls’ education were always evident.

He added that the meeting was convened to consider specific activities in the media engagement strategy to raise awareness and influence behavior change of negative barriers to girls’ education.

In his presentation, Mr. Dangwa Martins from the Coalition of Associations for Leadership, Peace, Empowerment and Development (CALPED) identified some of the barriers to girls’ education including: insecurity, lack of infrastructure, inaccessibility, socio-cultural and economic barriers.

Partnerships in the education sector, Martins said, have been successful in supporting advocacy and influencing reforms for better service delivery.

“Credible data should inform the planning of sustainable investments in the sector by all stakeholders. Working in closed groups has yielded significant results and much more needs to be done to enroll girls in functional and safe schools. Obstacles were identified and recommendations were made to help the government overcome them,” Martins revealed.

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