Educate Her

Educate Her

Women in Nigeria have had various challenges in order to obtain equal education. Education is a basic human right and has been recognized as such over the years. A positive correlation exists between the enrollment of girls in primary school and the gross national product and increase of life expectancy. Because of this correlation, enrollment in schools represents the largest component of the investment in human capital in any society. Rapid socio-economic development of a nation has been observed to depend on the caliber of women and their education in that country. Education bestows on women a disposition for a lifelong acquisition of knowledge, values, attitudes, competence and skills. There are various cultural and socioeconomic issues that prevent women from having adequate access to education. One prominent cultural view is that it is better for the woman to stay home and learn to tend to her family instead of attending school. The ‘Nigerian tradition’ was explained as a tradition that attaches higher value to a man than a woman, whose place is believed to be the kitchen (that school of thought should have loosed it potency, if not all). In situations where resources and school facilities are lacking, and total enrollments are low, a choice must often be made in families between sending a girl or a boy to school but until equal numbers of girls and boys are in school, it will be impossible to build the knowledge necessary to eradicate poverty and hunger, combat disease and ensure environmental sustainability.

  • Educating girls saves children’s lives: Each extra year of a mother’s schooling reduces the probability of infant mortality by 5% to 10%. In sub-Saharan Africa, an estimated 2 million children’s lives could have been saved in if their mothers had at least a secondary education.
  • Educating girls lowers HIV/AIDS rates: Women with post primary education are five times more likely than illiterate women to be educated on the topic of HIV and AIDS.
  • Educating girls reduces violence: Educated women are more likely to resist abuses such as domestic violence, traditions like female genital cutting, and discrimination at home, in society or the workplace.
  • Educating girls educates the whole family: an educated mother is more likely to send her children to school. An educated mother’s greater influence in household negotiations may allow her to secure more resources for her children.
  • Educating girls improves maternal health: Educating girls for six years or more drastically and consistently improves their prenatal care, postnatal care and childbirth survival rates.

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Tosin Adebayo

Tosin Adebayo

Tosin Adebayo is a graduate of mass communication from Ajayi Crowther University Oyo. She is a freelance broadcaster per excellence, a writer a team player and a lover of music. She currently works as the director of kudizone.com and the content creator at twimi.tv, an arm of TWIM Infomedia Solutions.

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