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ActionAid enrols 2,538 girls into primary schools in Kebbi

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ActionAid Nigeria, in collaboration with the Active Support for Rural People Initiative, has facilitated the enrolment of over 2,538 girls into primary schools in Kebbi State.

The Manager, Partnership and Local Rights Programme of ActionAid, Alhaji Sani Muhammad, said the gesture is part of government’s intervention to encourage the girl-child.

He cited the example of 10 communities in Ngaski and Augie councils, which went from zero enrolment in 2007 to over 2,000 in 2021.

“Over 2,538 girls were enroled in 10 communities selected from two local governments areas of the state. We saw how the number of children in Ngaski and Augie communities witnessed increase in enrolment of the girl-child from almost zero in 2007 to 596 in 2009 and 1,942 in 2018.

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“We have achieved in those council areas an unimaginable enrolment as we have now over 4,138 boys and 2,538 girls in primary schools in those communities,” he said.

State coordinator of the programme, Ibrahim Ngasky, said the meeting was to evaluate the impact on local rights programme (LRP) in all sectoral interventions around education, water, sanitation, women’s rights and other issues around communities in the state.

He said they have been able to educate people in the rural communities on their rights and how they can make government accountable.

”We have also been able to push for women participation in the political space. There are some kinds of affirmative action in major political parties in the state on the need to cede some key positions to women, because the more women participate in politics, the more peaceful and developed a society will be,” Ngasky said.

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