UNICEF trains schoolgirls in Adamawa in digital skills

As part of the activities to mark International Day of the Girl 2021, the Adamawa State Government, with support from UNICEF, organized an intensive three-day digital training for 50 selected schoolgirls.

Speaking at the launch of the training in Yola on Saturday, UNICEF education consultant Mr. Joel Jutum said ten girls each had been selected from five local governments in the state.

According to him, local governments include Fufore, Guyuk, Hong, Yola South and Yola North.

He added that “at the end of the session ten girls with the best results will be selected. Five of them will be selected again to represent Adamawa State in Abuja and the other five will remain in the State to continue their training.

He added that UNICEF is particularly concerned about the plight of little girls due to their vulnerability and the harmful treatment they endure in society.

Jutum said that so far three northeastern states, including Adamawa, Bauchi and Gombe, have been selected for the program.

He also said that the best girls selected from both Abuja and Yola will be sent to various MDAs where they will be brought into political positions.

Also commenting, Adamawa State Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development Ms. Wilbina Jackson said the state government is committed to ensuring the success of girls’ education. in the state.

Jackson, who was represented by Director of Human Capital Development Muktari Tukur, said the state has achieved more than 70 percent ICT proficiency compliance in its schools.

She added that in order to improve universal coverage, Adamawa State instituted a policy of free and compulsory education for all, which has led to greater enrollment of girls.

“In Adamawa State, as a government, the administration of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has proposed a policy of free education among other reasons to reduce early marriage of girls.

She added that often girls are married off at an early age, due to their parents’ lack of financial capacity to pay school fees, unlike their male counterparts.

In her commentary, Adamawa State High-Level Women Advocate (HILWA) President Dr Jiddere Musa Kaibo encouraged girls to study hard and be good ambassadors for their families, noting that a woman has to make four times the effort of a man before she can reach the heights that a man attains.

She urged the state government to provide employment opportunities for women to encourage their schooling.

In his remarks, Adamawa State Council for Universal Basic Education (ADSUBEB) Chairman Dr Salihi Ibrahim Atiqu called on girls to use exercise to improve their future.

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