As part of the effort in promoting girl child education in Nigeria, the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in collaboration with the Sultan Foundation for Peace and Development, yesterday met with the education representatives of the 19 Northern states to review the status of the education sector in the region.
Declaring the meeting open, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III stressed the need for the education of girl child as part of measures to address the problems in the region.
“UNICEF and Sultan Foundation for Peace and Development underscore the importance of educating girls and to remove the perception that the place of the girl child is in the kitchen or the home. We believe an educated girl is better in bringing up better family and citizenry to the world because we all know the importance of our mothers. If you check the lifestyle of an individual, if it’s good, check the family background. If bad, check the family background. The women play that important role of bringing up the society,” Sultan said.
He continued: “The girl child education has become very important, especially now that the world is facing social problems, and Nigeria is part of that global village.”
In her remark, Jean Gough, UNICEF Country Representative described education as the cornerstone of everything in life.