How Educating The Girl-Child Would Erupt The Change Desired In Our world


Education is important for everyone, but it is especially significant for girls and women. Besides opening many doors of opportunities, the educational achievements of women can have ripple effects within the family and across generations.

Promoting girls’ education is one of the most tested ways of reducing poverty world over. Investment in education for girls tends to produce many sweet fruits. Research has shown that girls who have been educated are likely to marry late (usually above 25 years of age) and to have smaller and healthier families. Because they are knowledgeable, educated women can recognise the importance of health care and know how to seek it for themselves and their children. The other advantage of taking girls to school is that they are able to know their rights and to gain confidence to claim them. However, women’s literacy rates are significantly lower than men’s in most developing countries except Rwanda.

That is why as the world celebrates International Women’s Day on Saturday, Rwanda must be credited for empowering both the girl-child and rural woman. According to the ministry of education, more girls enroll for primary and secondary levels than boys. This is no mean achievement considering that in most countries in the region, it is the opposite. The uneducated woman has also been enlightened about her rights by the government and other stakeholders hence ending the impunity with which men used to sell off property without even consultation. As a result, there’s more stability in homes than before. However, the girl-child still needs everyone’s support if our country is to fully develop.

About author

Kemi Wale-Olaitan

Kemi is a retired broadcaster from the service of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria; while in service, she had her interest in women issues and had interviews with several notable women in the course of her duty as a producer in the service of the Federal government. Her interest in broadcasting was informed by her creative writing prowess; she has been very active in creative writing since her undergraduate days, and she has written a few fictional works in form of short stories and novel. Some of her short stories have appeared in anthologies of Short stories. Kemi was also very active in the establishment of the Women Writers Association of Nigeria (WRITA) and she served on its first Executive Council.

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