Africa Media Development Foundation (AMDF), in collaboration with Kaduna State government and other Partners celebrated the 2019 ‘International Day of the Girl Child’,
Welcoming Participants at the event the Honourable Commissioner of Education, represented by the Permanent Secretary Mrs Phoebe Sukai, said that since 2012, the state government has been marking the day which is aimed at addressing the needs and challenges faced by girls.
Chief Dauda Titus (District Head of Kufana) representing the Traditional rulers, in his goodwill message recognized the role of girls as powerful agents of change and reiterated the traditional councils commitment to uphold the rights, voices and influence of girls in their communities
Project Coordinator, AMDF Sekyen Dadik in her goodwill message, emphasised on the need for girls to be educated describing the girl child as the future of the nation. She said AMDF is advocating for a policy formulation and implementation of free and compulsory education for girls in public schools in Kaduna, and once this is achieved more girls will be enrolled and retained till completion.
Dadik also enjoined the traditional rulers to support the free and compulsory education by encouraging parents especially fathers to release their daughters to enable them fulfil their dreams and attain their goals.
Giving her Story, Mary Bawa Emmanuel a student of Government Girls Secondary School Barnawa, who has enjoyed several privileges as a result of her outstanding performance took the girls through her journey to success, encouraging other girls in public school to work hard so that they can also enjoy privileges that have been awarded to her
The Guest Speaker of the event Prof. Hauwa Evelyn Yusuf charged the girls to see themselves as a force that should be reckon with. She encouraged them to be goal getters in life, and that having children should never be an excuse of not going to school or not achieving ones dream in life. She called on everyone to see the girls as added advantage and not as properties to be owned.
Mrs Elizabeth Fatima David, the Director Female Education, Ministry of Education in her closing remarks appreciated all partners and encouraged the girls to imbibe all they have learnt and rise above all challenges to achieve their dreams of a brighter future.