The just concluded summit on women and the girl-child has recommended free and compulsory education for girls in Nigeria as well as the domestication of the Child Rights Act to better defend and advance the interest of the girl child
In a wide ranging communiqué issued at the end of the summit in Abuja which drew hundreds of participants from across the country the summit underlined the urgency for the authorities to address issues of concern to women and the girl child including violence and rape.
The forum, organised by the National Centre for Women Development (NCWD) posited that there was need for government at all levels to ensure free, compulsory and retentive education for the Girl-child up to Secondary level and the establishment of Special Schools for the Girl-Child with special needs in all the States of the Federation. It also advocated for the promotion of vocational skills as an add-on to formal educational and entrepreneurship programs for young girls/boys.
Other recommendations from the summit include the introduction and sustenance of the school feeding programme at the primary school level, changing and reviewing the school curriculum to reflect technological advancement, as well as providing laboratories and adequate teaching facilities.
The forum frowned at the current high rate of rape cases and called for the enforcement of relevant laws on rape to ensure that culprits are quickly brought to Justice.
In view of the current security situation, the summit also wants adequate provision of security in all schools in the country to protect the youth and the vulnerable.
– Charity Simon, Abuja