In the spirit of International Day of the Girl Child, women journalists in Yobe State under the umbrella of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, (NAWOJ), have called on government in the state to establish more senior girls’ day secondary schools across the state.
Fatima Mohd Ahmad, Chairperson NAWOJ, Yobe State, made the call on behalf of members of the association on Monday as part of activities to commemorate International Day of the Girl Child.
NAWOJ also appealed to the state government to establish more girl-child-friendly computer training centres across the state to encourage retention and completion of secondary schools education.
“NAWOJ noted with concern that girls, especially in rural areas, mostly drop out of school after writing their JSCE examination as parents prefer to send their daughters to day secondary school to study under their watch and supervision.
“It is on this note that, NAWOJ also called on the Ministry of Education to prioritize computer literacy by including it in the school curriculum right from basic to secondary schools to equip students with computer knowledge to catch up with the technological advancement in all facets of life”, she appealed.
The Chairperson pointed out that inequality in access to education is also a major contributor to the gender digital divide causing additional barriers to female workforce participation, hence the need for all stakeholders to provide a conducive environment for the development of girls and ensure equal opportunity.
While calling on the girl child to equally make good use of every opportunity at their disposal, NAWOJ emphasized that digital literacy for the girl child is an essential skill in the modern world that will empower the girl and change the world.
The 2021 commemoration of the day comes with a theme, “Digital Generation, Our Generation”, focuses to promote equal opportunity for girls in accessing technologies and bridge the growing gender digital gap.