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Sixty Percent Of Girls In Northern Nigeria Are Out Of School -----Keturah Shammah.

The Executive Director of a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Girls Education Mission International (GEMI) Mrs. Keturah Shammah has decried the low enrollment of girls in primary and secondary schools in northern Nigeria.

According to her, “Education opens windows of opportunities for girls to break the shackles of poverty. It is key to improving living standards; unfortunately, many girls in the north hardly get the opportunity to go to school,”.

“She said that 60 percent of girls in the north were out of school. “More than half of the girls of school age are not enrolled; concerted efforts must be made to change the tide otherwise their economic situation would only worsen,”.

“We as an NGO had awarded scholarships to 50 girls since inception in 2007 and we are happy that five beneficiaries had since graduated and were working.

The Jos, Plateau State-based NGO would mark the annual International Day of the Girl-Child in a rural community in Lere Local Government in Kaduna State, to sensitize and create awareness to stakeholders on the need to empower girls through education and this year’s theme for the international day of the girl child, “Empower Girls: Before, During and after Conflict”, is a challenge to the world to stop discriminating against girls.

“Girls must be enrolled into schools; it is the only way to prepare them to build a better society,” Shamnmar said.

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