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NGO targets 1m girls’ enrolment in schools before 2020



A non- Governmental organisation, High Level Women Advocate (HILWA) said about one million girls are being targeted for enrolment into schools in seven northern states before the year 2020.

To achieve this, the organization said it has concluded plans to partner with the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF).The HILWA chairperson, Mrs. Mariya Abdullahi who disclosed this in Katsina lamented that most of the northern states have low girls enrolment into schools.

Abdullahi listed the states to include Bauchi, Borno, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger, Sokoto, Yobe and Zamfara.She however said the organisation in collaboration with UNICEF is working to address the problem and ensure that girls, especially those at the rural areas, acquire education.

“HILWA lobbies decision makers in states to reduce barriers and increase access to education for children, especially girls.”She also said the organisation would continue to work with stakeholders to ensure participation of women in leadership positions.

Abdullahi commended UNICEF for partnering with the state government to improve lives of women and children.Earlier, Governor Aminu Bello Masari said his administration had introduced Conditional Cash Transfer programme to encourage enrolment of girls into schools.

Masari, represented by his special adviser on girl child, Mrs. Binta Abba said 34, 000 primary schools would benefit from the programme.He commended the organisation for complementing the effort of his administration to improve lives of women and children in the state.

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