Mrs. Uchechukwu Adeh, the proprietor of Gills Montessori School (G.M.S.) in Fagbile Estate, Ijegun, has emphasised the need for substantial investment in the education of the Girl-Child as a means to secure a brighter future for them.
In an interview with journalists on Wednesday in Lagos, Adeh made this call in commemoration of the International Day of the Girl-Child. The 2023 theme for this special day is “Invest in Girls’ Rights: Our Leadership, Our Well-being.”
Adeh stressed the importance of safeguarding the rights of the girl-child, particularly when it comes to education. She advocated for the establishment of safe and nurturing spaces within schools where the girl-child can access knowledge. Adeh believes that access to quality education is pivotal in enabling the girl-child to contribute significantly to society as a whole.
The proprietor expressed deep concern about the prevalence of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the country, especially targeting the girl-child. She asserted that GBV can be mitigated through educational efforts, awareness programmes, and by believing in and supporting survivors of GBV.
Adeh highlighted the significance of understanding the root causes of GBV and ensuring that girls have access to education when they should. This, she believes, will play a vital role in reducing GBV incidents.
Furthermore, Adeh underlined the importance of empowering the girl-child and women economically, enabling them to compete on equal footing with their male counterparts.
She also called upon school administrators to create safe, loving, and protective environments that nurture the girl-child’s growth and development.
On a global scale, the International Day of the Girl-Child celebrated on October 11, serves as an occasion to honour and uplift the girl-child while collectively addressing the challenges they face worldwide.
According to UNICEF, Nigeria is grappling with a significant issue, as approximately 15 million children in the country are not enrolled in school, with 60 per cent of them being girls. Adeh’s call for investment in girl-child education remains a pressing issue in the face of these daunting statistics.