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Media practitioners outlines barriers to Girl Child education in Kaduna

Media practitioners outlines barriers to Girl Child education in Kaduna

 

By:Femi Mustapha

 

 

Media practitioners have outlined Insecurity, Social – Cultural infrastructures, and Access as t

major, barriers to girls Child Education in Kaduna.

 

 

This was outlined during a strategic Media session to deepen the conversation and increase awareness on Education by Partnership To Engage, Reform, and Learn(PERL,) collaboration with Kaduna Basics Education Accountability Mechanism and JALAD Media Concept held in Zaria on Tuesday 5th October, 2021.

 

In his presentation, a resource person, Mr. Philip Yatai of News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) the socio-cultural barriers to girl child education include being forced into marriage prematurely, which likely leads to dropping out of school.

 

He added that lack of confidence in children with disabilities,  parents’ level of exposure, household chores, and child pregnancy are other sociocultural factors affecting girl child education in the state.

 

Mr.Yatai explained that the persistent security challenge in Kaduna State especially kidnapping, and Banditry remains a potential threat to education, especially for girls.

“No parameter fences in rural and semi-urban schools makes learning difficult for girls,” he added.

 

 

Sociocultural, security, economic,  infrastructure, and access barriers have been identified as inhibiting factors to girl child education in Kaduna State.

A resource person, Philip Daniel highlighted this when presenting a paper, titled, “Barriers/bottlenecks of girl education at a  2-day Media Strategic Session On Deepening Conversation Barriers To Girl Education has commenced in Zaria on Tuesday.

According to him,  the sociocultural barriers to girl child education include being forced into marriage prematurely, which likely leads to dropping out of school.

He also listed lack of confidence in children with disabilities,  parents’ level of exposure, household chores, and child pregnancy as other socio-cultural factors affecting girl child education in the state.

On the negative role that security barrier creates on girl child education, he explained that the persistent security challenge in the Kaduna State especially kidnapping, remains a potential threat to education, especially for girls.

“No parameter fences in rural and semi-urban schools makes learning difficult for girls,” he added.

 

 

” Economic barriers like poverty,  child labor,  the impact of COVID-19,  poor skills development for girls and .street hawking are also some Identified factors limiting the education of girl child.

 

 

” Insufficient toilet facilities, lack  of sanitary pads  supply for girls during menstruation and  Infrastructure  most schools are not disability friendly, are also discouraging girls from going to school.’

 

 

Similarly, he said lack of potable drinking water in some schools,  lack of safe spaces, and weak guidance and counseling units in some schools also contributed to girls dropping out of schools.

 

 

“Increase in enrolment has not been matched by a proportional increase in the number of classes/facilities,” he added.

 

 

While explaining how access barriers limit girl child education, he mentioned school-related gender-based violence,  weak Involvement of beneficiaries, and School Learning Accountability Mechanism  (SLAM) 1 and average walking distance to school as other frustrating issues.

“Change of location or relocation of parents, paucity of teachers and weak implementation of policy budget and budgets,” he said, also fall into the access barriers category.

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