Girl Child Education: Amina Mohammed, Malala Meet Zulum In Borno

Malala Yousafzai, Nobel laureate and Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed, held an important meeting with Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State to discuss girl child education in areas affected by Boko Haram in Borno.

During their meeting on Tuesday, July 11, at the council chambers in Government House Maiduguri, Malala emphasized the need for parents, civil society, and education activists to prioritize girl-child education as a means to reduce the vulnerability of women in society.

She expressed her concerns about the safety and security of girls’ education and emphasized the importance of investing in girls’ education for future generations. Malala stated that education is the foundation for building a strong country, peace, and stability, and it should be a top priority in any society

Malala’s visit to Borno State coincided with the celebration of her 10th anniversary of delivering her UN speech and her 26th birthday on Wednesday.

She mentioned that every year on her birthday since her UN speech, she has been travelling to different countries around the world to draw attention to the stories of other girls, highlighting the importance of access to education for every girl.

“I want to remind the girls and the world to think about the millions of girls who do not have access to education. Nigerian girls are so determined, committed, and optimistic about a better future for themselves and their country,” she said.

Malala stressed that there are many girls with the potential to go on and change the world, and it is the responsibility of the community to ensure that girls have access to education and can pursue their dreams.

In her remarks, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed, advocated for the implementation of free education until senior secondary school level in order to encourage girl child education in Nigeria. She commended the leadership style of the Zulum administration and emphasized the urgent need for improved financing of girls’ education in the crisis-affected region.

Governor Babagana Zulum stated that the Borno State government is focused on ensuring that the girl child completes secondary school education.

He highlighted the government’s efforts in enrolling over 500,000 girls into public schools, improving infrastructure, recruiting more teachers, and enhancing the quality of education. He also mentioned the destruction of approximately one thousand classrooms by Boko Haram insurgents.

Governor Zulum reiterated the commitment of the Borno State government to promote girl child education and provide opportunities for girls to pursue their dreams in life. 

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