Kaduna Girls Decry Deprivation From Accessing Technical, Vocational Education

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Some guests during the commemoration of the International Day of the Girl-child organized by Women Connect Initiative (WCI) in Zaria.

By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Community girls from Zaria, Sabon Gari, Kudan and Giwa Local Government Areas of Kaduna State are bewailing their deprivation of accessing technical and vocational education in the state. The community girls cried out during the “See the Need, Meet the Need” Girls’ Summit organized by Women Connect Initiative with support from Rise Up to commemorate the International Day of the Girl-Child.
Speaking during the commemoration, Hafsat Abdullahi, a community girl stated that she as well as other girls in her community is constantly being told that technical and vocational education is not for them saying that they are discouraged from desiring or taking technical subjects in school.
“There are no female teachers to teach us technical knowledge in our community. Every time, we are reminded by our fathers that we do not belong to the Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics” subjects” she said.
Similarly, another community girl, Habiba Usman bewailed the absence of technical school in Sabon Gari has not given them any option to think about technical education or science and technology related courses
“Nobody talks about technical education in our place. We are shut down whenever we let our desire known about certain courses; so we know already the subjects we can say that we want to study” she said.
While responding to the cries of the community girls, the representative of the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, Hajiya Hafsat Mohammed Baba, the Commissioner of Human Services and Social Development, commended the efforts of the Kaduna State Government in rectifying and signing into law the Child Rights and Violence Against Persons Acts stating that the state government is focusing attention on developing policies to promote enrolment of rural girls in technical and vocation education saying that the practice of depriving girls technical education will soon be a thing of the past in the state.
“We also want to implement most especially at the community level. We have been talking for too long. We want to go beyond talking to implementation. We are putting policies and laws in place to protect our female children” she said.
Similarly, the Executive Chairman of Kudan Local Government Area, Hon. Shuaibu Jaja commended the Kaduna State Government for putting up a free education policy for girls in the state stating that Kudan is one of the local government council that is benefitting from the dividend of democracy brought by the Governor El-Rufai’s government.
“We can say that we have a state governor committed to the development of the girl-child. In Kudan, the TVE centres are working. The only thing is that we have very poor female enrolment across the centres. The facilitators of this Girls’ Summit have equipped the local government chairmen present here with certain truths about technical and vocational education for girls and we need to go back to reflect
“Our daughters will be the poorest of the poor if we don’t act now to change the status quo”, he said.
On her part, the Director of Women Connect Initiative, Hajiya Murjanatu Suleiman-Shika stated that the number of rural girls in TVE centres across Kaduna State is scanty urging the state government to work with Women Connect Initiative to developing a policy to drive female enrolments to technical and vocational schools in rural communities.

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