Nigeria’s first lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, has stressed the need for more investment in out-of-school teenage girls, noting that a substantial number of these girls have either not completed their education or have never attended school, which according to her, could portend unpleasant consequences for humanity.
She made the call, while speaking during a side event at the 50th Session of United Nations Commission on Population and Development, which held recently in New York.
Aisha Buhari’s representative at the occasion, Dr. Hajo Sani, who is also her Senior Special Assistant, reiterated the commitment of the First Lady in promoting girl-child education. She said, “Mrs. Buhari under her Future Assured Program is advocating for the promotion of girl-child education and vocational education through which thousands of women are being trained in fashion design, interior decoration, cosmetics development, leather works and many other trades.”
She also added that the program is organizing refresher courses for those aiming for higher education but do not have the educational requirements. “Recently, Future Assured Program entered into collaboration with National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-formal Education with the aim of revitalizing the old system of adult education and community learning centers.”
The First Lady, however, commended the organizers of the occasion for highlighting the issue of out-of-school girls and described the theme of the side event as apt. The theme of the event was; “Investing in out-of-school teenage girls: a priority for achieving demographic dividend, sustainable development and specific SDGs in Africa.”
It was jointly organized by UNFPA, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Nigeria’s Permanent Mission to the UN, to showcase Nigeria’s rich experience and the enormous results of the commitment shown by stakeholders, which provide a best practice for scale-up in Africa.