As reported by The Punchnewspaper, the one- day Minister of State for Education, Dorcas Joshua had on Monday advocated for greater investment in education.
CMH gathered that Joshua served as a one- day minister to commemorate this year’ s International Day of the Girl Child.
While speaking at an event to commemorate the day in Abuja on Monday, Dorcas said investment in education will reduce the gender digital gap in the nation.
The 2021 edition of the day was entitled ‘ Digital generation, our generation; Digital Revolution: Not without girls. ‘
Dorcas characterized the topic for the event as appropriate, adding there is a need to invest in learning more about girls and young women’ s digital lives.
She added it was also essential to promote learning solutions suited for the digital environment.
” An examination of data from Nigeria’ s annual school census of 2019/2020 shows that the average transition rates from lower basic education to higher basic stands at 58 percent for the northern states of Kano. Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, and Zamfara.
” The national average for girls’ transition from elementary to junior secondary remains at 64 percent. Even the national average is unacceptable to me.
” As the data show, girls’ enrolment and transition continue to be jeopardized. And even when enrolled, females are less likely than boys to finish secondary school owing to so many factors.
” Only one of six female graduates from elementary school are allowed to transit to secondary schools. I ask them, where are the rest of the girls? We must locate them, ” Dorcas urged.
Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono, said no economy could achieve its full potential without the participation of women, youths, girls, and boys equally.
He added, ” It is estimated that around 2. 2 billion adolescents below the age of 25 still do not have an internet connection at home and females make up the majority of the number.
” Since October 11, 2012, the day aims to bring to the front burner the significance of girls and emphasize the unique role they play in every community and economy.
” There is need for all hands to be on deck in ensuring that Nigerian girls make irreversible progress towards gender equality via digital learning in both online and offline environment. “