//Girl-child: Godwin Ekosin, Kaduna//
As Part of activities to commemorate this year’s world International Day for the Girl-child, a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) Tamar Love Foundation (TLF) on Tuesday made personate case for compulsory education of girl-child especially those at grassroot with assistance of school books and uniform to demonstrate what it is agitating for.
President of TLF, Mrs Tessy Dibal decried that, global statistic has shown that the girl child is at a disadvantage educationally with Africa having the worst scenerio, hence the need for collective responsibility to change that mantra as soon as possible.
She reiterated the need to come to the rescue of the girl-child by empowering her with basic education which prepares her for a better life she deserved like her counterparts in other climes.
Flagging off a walk campaign to mark the day in Kachia, Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria, Mrs Dibal said her Foundation decided to go down to the grassroot because girls there are more vulnerable due to poor enlightment, poverty and early marriage among others.
TLF she stressed wants to be the voice of the voiceless girl child by aiding them with educational instructional material, uniform to take the responsibility off the shoulders oof the parents.
She said with education, the girl child stands empowered, add more value to input, more creative and add to human resource, urging parents, government, the larger society, NGOs, religious bodies and well to do individuals to take up responsibility of shouldering the responsibility of educating children.
Interim Committee Chairman, Kachia LGA, Honourable Umar Buniyaminu Sani stressed that, no parent in Kaduna have any reason not to send their children to school as basic education is free.
Represented by his Vice, Sani assured of the council’s preparedness to do all within its strenght to ensure all school age children are enrolled and sustained.
The campaign saw a walk by girls and TLF members round Kachia with placards with inscriptions such as “stop girl child abuse” “I am a girl child protect me” “I am a girl child and I have voice” “every girl child counts” among others. The campaign ended with public lecture on the importance of educating the girl child.