CSACEFA Urge Government To Prioritize Girl Child Education

Civil Society Action Coalition on Education For All, CSACEFA, has urged Government at

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CSACEFA Urge Government To Prioritize Girl Child Education

Civil Society Action Coalition on Education For All, CSACEFA, has urged Government at all level to Prioritized Girl Child Education for Socio-Economic Development in the country in a bid to reduce out of School Children nationwide. Our Kogi State Correspondent reports that the Kogi State coordinator, Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All, CSACEFA, Titus Alonge made the call in Lokoja Tuesday July 31 on the sideline of the 2018 day of the African Child with the theme: "Leave No one behind for Africa s Development", noting that this could be achieved through increase budgeting for education. According to the him, Nigeria recognizes education as a fundamental human right and signatory to the major convention for the protection of the right of children. "In 2003, the Nigeria government passed into Law the Child Right Act, which aims at facilitating the realization and protection of the rights of all children. It also enacted the Universal Basic Education (UBE) law, which provides for a 9-years free and compulsory basic education to fast-track education interventions at the primary and junior secondary levels in order to achieve the Education for All Initiative and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) objectives in Nigeria". He pointed out that, Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All, CSACEFA advocate for government proactive action to soften the menace of early and forced marriage, child trafficking, child sexual abuse and all form of violence abuse against children in the country. Alonge also emphasized that, CSACEFA solicit for improved investment in education and conducive environment to thrive both at home and schools. The coordinator also stressed on Gender equality and equality among children, so that every child is unique and no preference should be given on the basis of child sex. He harps on the need for adequate security to be provided in all education sectors for safety of Nigerian children, especially now where kidnapping and sexual abuse is rampant in different part of the country. "Increase education funding with special attention given to Basic Education. We also call on Multinational Organization, philanthropic, and individual to contribute in revamping education in our country, starting from enrollment, retention and completion, especially the girl’s child. It would not be out of place to enact a law to ban hawking by school age children during school hours, with over 10 million school age children out of school in Nigeria. While commending Kogi State government for reintroducing first school leaving certificate, the government must ensure that all pupils in the state are not exempted from the exercise due to one reason or the other, especially as examination fee introduce may hinder pupils from less privileged who may not be able to afford the exam fee due to one reason or the other. Those not able to pay now should be allowed to sit and pay at a future day when collecting their certificate especially the girl child. The government should not forget to make Teacher welfare a top priority if they must get the best from them in the State" he added.
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Celestine Chijoke Ukah
Principal Correspondent of Fresh Angle International. He has a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism and have undertaken a training in Advance Writing and Reportorial Skills. 08033726688.
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