By Haruna Aliyu, BIRNIN-KEBBI
The United Nations Children Fund, UNICEF, Monday, October 11 set aside to celebrate the girl-child, trained 100 girls on gender sensitivity in Kebbi State.
This year’s day began with a procession in Birnin Kebbi with schools drawn from some selected local governments in the state.
According to the state project coordinator, Alhaji Isah Usman, who spoke at the interactive session with schoolgirls in Birnin Kebbi, the essence of the day is to enlighten the girl-child on issues bordering on how they interact with their male colleagues and the need for them to go school.
He further said that the programme aim to build confidence in the girl-child that they can become anything in the society.
He added that they can become doctors, engineers and governors provided they believe in themselves and what we they are doing.
“Why UNICEF is particular about the girl-child is because they are the bedrock of the society. They, therefore, need assistance to achieve there chosen careers,” he added.
Isah explained that as part of efforts by UNICEF to really assist the girl-child, 100 girls from Kebbi State were trained on gender sensitivity.
A message was sent to their parents in form enlightenment for them to enroll the girl-child to school in order to reduce the number of out-of-school children, particularly the girl-child in Kebbi.
Usman stated that days before the main event, as part of activities that were lined up by UNICEF in collaboration with Kebbi State Universal Basic Education, organised a cultural activities where girls were drawn from different schools and different tribes to display their divergent cultures.
In continuation of the days programm, the project coordinator said that already some girls have been selected to visit the Commissioner for Education Kebbi State and other places selected for the girls to visit.
Original: by Vanguard