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To end child marriage, train more female teachers, says Gombe children’s Parliament Speaker; Nigeria ranks 11th in world ranking of countries with high child marriage prevalence

Speaker, Gombe Children’s Parliament, Umar Farouk Abdullahi

William Attah, Gombe

Speaker, Gombe Children’s Parliament, Umar Farouk Abdullahi, says one of the solutions to early girl child marriage, is to have more female teachers who will also serve as role models for girls in schools.

Umar was speaking on the sidelines of a media stakeholders discussion on the state of the girl child, held in Gombe. The round table discussion was sponsored by Save the Children International (SCI).

According to the Children’s Parliament Speaker, Gombe State Government, through the State Ministry of Education, should train and equip more female teachers who will in turn serve as role models to these girls and make early marriage unattractive to the school girls.

Another reason, Farouk said, is that the number of female teachers is far less than the male teachers in most of the primary and secondary schools where these female teachers should be made to mentor these girls.

Farouk also advised that more schools should be established within the communities to reduce long distance between schools and homes. He said, this is because, “many parents don’t support their girls going to schools because of insecurity. Parents are afraid when their girls are going or coming back from schools.

“I don’t feel good when girls are not educated. It is the right of every citizen to be educated. So why should the girls be denied this right? I call on the Government to please look at girls education in Gombe State and find a solution.

I know about these issues because we’ve had many advocacy visits, engagements, campaigns and awareness trainings as well as my commitment. It gave me the knowledge about all these challenges faced by the girls”, he stressed.

Earlier, Programme Manager, Towards Ending Child Marriage (TECM), Edith Gumut, said a recent report has shown that prevalence of child marriage was becoming higher in Nigeria, especially northern Nigeria.

She said Nigeria is placed 11th in the world ranking of countries with high child marriage prevalence, a situation she added, calls for concerted efforts in addressing the malaise. “We’re not saying that they should not marry, but they should attend schools and get matured physically and mentally before marriage. This will give them a meaningful and better future”, she emphasised.

At the end of the meeting, the stakeholders agreed to continue with advocacy and enlightenment campaigns on the issues from a formidable coalition that will continue to champion the cause as well as pursue education of girls from primary to Senior secondary school level.

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