GPI CO-FOUNDER & CHAIRPERSON GPI CHIEF EXECUTIVE BOARD – GRACE OSAKUE STATEMENT ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD 2018

Education of the girl child certainly remains one of the lifelines to development that the UN identified it to be since the Cairo and Beijing declarations.

Progress has been made in making a difference in women’s lives and global development through investments in girls education but it has not been done with the commitment and sincerity it deserves.

In Edo State, many girls are out of school and en route to Europe by road, those in school are barely being educated by a system that is very short staffed, underfunded and personed by teachers most of whom are no longer models of integrity. Family dysfunctions have not also helped as both literate and illiterate parents in the State no longer have value for education and now refuse to make an investment in that direction both for their sons and daughters.

The future for our State can only be described as bleak since the generation of mothers to nurture the next generation will not have much to offer to nurture their children to be world class citizens. It is so unfortunate that for many years to come, our State will still be backward because her citizens would still be struggling with problems others who implemented UN platforms like Cairo, Beijing, MDGs and SDGs with sincerity overcame in the distant past.

Train up today’s girls so that tomorrow’s citizens will be wired for 21st-century living.

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