The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has enjoined the northern states’ governors to provide proper education for girls from primary to, at least, the secondary level, describing it as the effective way of improving Maternal, Newborn and Child Health MNCH.According to him, “I call on northern governors to ensure free education for girls from primary to at least secondary school or tertiary level. This would help them know how to live a good life and master the dangers associated with marriage and maternal health,” he said Speaking at a one-day workshop on the Role of Traditional and Religious Leaders in Improving Maternal,
Newborn and Child Health, organised by MNCH2, held at Kano government house, the Emir noted that educating the girl-child would enable them know how to live a healthy and productive life. At the workshop with the theme: Achieving better health outcomes through engagement with traditional and religious leaders, Emir Sanusi said education would help girls to know the importance of becoming future mothers.Female education is a catch-all term of a complex set of issues and debates surrounding education (primary education, secondary education, tertiary education, and health education in particular) for girls and women. It includes areas of gender equality and access to education, and its connection to the alleviation of poverty.
Also involved are the issues of single-sex education and religious education, in that the division of education along gender lines as well as religious teachings on education have been traditionally dominant and are still highly relevant in contemporary discussions of educating females as a global consideration. In the field of female education in STEM, it has been shown that girls’ and women under-representation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education is deep rooted.
While the feminist movement certainly promoted the importance of the issues attached to female education, the discussion is wide-ranging and by no means narrowly defined. It may include, for example, AIDS education. Universal education, meaning state-provided primary and secondary education independent of gender is not yet a global norm, even if it is assumed in most developed countries. In some Western countries, women have surpassed men at many levels of education. For example, in the United States in 2005/2006, women earned 62% of associate degrees, 58% of bachelor’s degrees, 60% of master’s degrees, and 50% of doctorates.
He said it would help them to comprehend the nitty-gritty of getting married and the challenges of coping with marital life. In his remark, the state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje said that affordable, reliable and sustainable healthcare delivery is of topmost priority in the present democratic dispensation. Ganduje also said his administration had initiated series of intervention programmes in collaboration with notable development partners for healthcare delivery system to be formidable.
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