UNICEF and the Sultan of Sokoto have put in more efforts in the education of female children in Northern Nigeria.
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and Sultan Foundation for Peace and Development have re-launched girl-child education in Northern Nigeria.
At a meeting held with education representatives from 19 Northern States of Nigeria to review the educational sector particularly as its affect girl child education, the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad Abubakar urged parents to educate their female daughters.
Sultan said the girl-child must be educated, adding that educated women are far better than educated men.
Sultan who said the meeting was aimed at strategizing on how to hold the forthcoming girl-child education summit in Sokoto State called on parents to give women education a priority.
"UNICEF and Sultan Foundation for Peace and Development underscore the importance of educating the girls and to remove the perceptions that the place of the girl child is in the kitchen or the home. We believe an educated girl is better in bringing up better family and citizenry to the world because we all know the importance of our mothers” Sa’ad said.
"They trained and brought us up, if you check the lifestyle of an individual if it’s good, check the family background; and if bad check the family background. The women play that important role of bringing up the society” Sa’ad added.
Jean Gough, UNICEF Nigeria Country Representative described education as a cornerstone of everything.
She said without education, there cannot be reduction in poverty in any country adding that Education is the hardest sector to transform and that Nigeria cannot be transformed without education.
"With education we can bring the change we want for our girls in this country. We must push to bring the change Nigerians wants. We all want to transform Nigeria and assist President Muhammadu Buhari to achieve goals set for Nigeria. We hope this year 2016 will be a year of true change for transformation" she said.