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We’ll eradicate girl-child dropout from Anambra schools – Omenugha

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PLANS are afoot to totally stamp out girl-child dropout syndrome from all schools in Anambra State.

Anambra State Commissioner for Basic Education, Prof. Kate Omenugha, dropped the hint while receiving a non-governmental organisation, Women Information Network (WINET) that was an advocacy visit to her office.

According to Omenugha, Gov. Willie Obiano’s massive investment and reforms in the basic education subsector will take care of every demographic segment, adding that the girl-child cannot be left behind.

“We have not looked back on basic education, both on reforms and investment, with our eyes firmly fixed on keeping both the girl child and boy child in school.

We have huge challenge keeping the girls in school and teaching them sexual reproductive health rights.

So, you have to collaborate with government, so that the project will be replicated in other communities and not just Ebenebe,” she said.

Speaking further, Omenugha expressed hope that investments in girl-child education will begin to yield fruit in no distant time, adding that partnering the 2019 Essay Competition winner, Miss Veronica Nnalue, who she noted was very knowledgeable in Sexual Reproductive Health Rights is good example of the administration’s commitment to making school attractive to all genders.

According to her, the choice of making 326 households in Ayamelum, Anambra East, Anambra West, Awka North and Ogbaru Local Government Areas as take-off points is predicated on their peculiar challenges, noting that by September, no fewer than 50 girls and 50 boys from the areas would move into boarding schools.

The commissioner also explained that   government shifted the Junior Secondary 3 examinations to see that children do not stay at home for too long.

Earlier in an opening remark, Executive Director of WINET, Mrs. Miriam Menkiti, said the essence of the visit was to inform the commissioner about the project and solicit her approval of a sensitisation tour of schools in Ebenebe town.

Menkiti explained that these schools will be sensitised on gender based violence and sexual reproduction health rights.

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