The Centre for the Study of Economies of Africa is organizing a roundtable on Oct. 11 to discuss how to improve female education in NIgeria. The event, scheduled for 9a.m. at Rockview Hotel, Abuja. It is part of activities to mark this year’s International Day of the Girl Child, which focuses on innovating for girls’ education.
It will provide a Platform for senior policymakers, civil society organizations, donor agencies, the academia and the media to dialogue on the challenges facing the education of the girl child in the country. Not only will the roundtable seek to create awareness, it will also suggest policy options to improve the access of the girl child to quality education.
Discussions at the event will focus on the findings of a research project carried out by the CSEA. The study, titled Policy Stimulation exercise of Educational Assistance Programmes for Girls in Nigeria, will be presented to stakeholders at the roundtable. The study shows that primary school enrolment of the girl child was boosted under the two policy options considered in the research.
One scenario considered providing the girl-child with free education and transportation in the urban centres and the second option looked at giving them free education with monetary stipend in the rural areas.
Participants are expected to deliberate on the result of the research and other issues related to improving the educational status of the Nigerian girl-child. This is in the hope that the outcome would help realize one of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals which is empowering women.
Dr. Ebere Uneze, Executive Director