SIGCLE is committed to thorough research on various issues affecting the girl child and how they can be effectively tackle.
Female literacy is very low in rural villages of Nigeria especially in northern regions of Nigeria. Many girls are kept away from formal schooling and they are married by arrangement in their teenage years. This has some serious consequences such as, low self-esteem and loss of equal opportunities to the child, the family, the community and to the country.
According to statistics provided by UNESCO, there are about 10.5 million Nigerian children that are out of school. This is the largest population of such Out of School Children (OSC) anywhere on earth, in fact, Nigeria accounts for 47 percent of the world’s population of Out of School Children. According to UNESCO, Forty per cent of Nigerian children aged 6-11 do not attend any primary school, with the Northern region recording the lowest school attendance rate in the country, particularly for girls.
In the North particularly, the gender gap remains particularly wide and the proportion of girls to boys in school ranges from 1 girl to 2 boys in some Northern states. This is as a result of poverty situation and early child marriage practices in the Northern region of Nigeria where under aged girls are given out for marriage for financial benefit to the parents. These parents because of illiteracy, poverty and religious biases do not understand the benefit of girl child education.
Therefore the main thrust of this project is to improve female literacy in the rural villages especially that of Northern Nigeria by raising awareness about the importance of girl’s education and supporting out of school girls from poor and less privileged families into Basic Education.
Both the African and Nigerian society must be sensitized to know that an educated girl will be a mother in the future. There is ample evidence to suggest that an educated mother will ensures that her children get basic education regardless of gender. Hence, this is a more reliable and sustainable approach to poverty reduction and wellbeing of the poor in rural Africa.
Among our intervention in this area include:
- Provision of school desks to Tunda Ali LEA Primary School Tafa LGA, FCT – 2016.
- Sensitization and Provision of School bags and learning materials to Pegi LEA primary school Kuje Area council, Tukuba 2016
- Scholarship to 20 pupils and Provision of school sandals to children of people living with disability. 2017
- Provision of School uniform, sandals and bags and writing materials to children in WASA IDP Camp, FCT. 2018
- Back to school program, Education Campaign and sensitization in Nassarawa State. 2019.