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Kwara students, Girl Child advocates preach value reorientation, ICT inclusion for girl child

…as NAKSS collaborates with KidsTech Africa to orientate girls child on digital literacy

The National Association of Kwara state Students (NAKSS) has said that the digital inclusion and value orientation of girl child was necessary, in order to protect their rights and prepare them for a brighter future.

It was gathered that the mentorship programme has the above as targeted goals.

The mentorship programme was organized by Akeemat Biogera Issa, the Vice President (Special Duties) of NAKSS, in honor of the International Day of the Girl Child, which took place at the ‘girls only’ Queen Elizabeth School, Ilorin.

While delivering her welcome address, Issa said: “The theme of the 2022 Int’l Day of the Girl Child (IDG) is broad, complex and heavily pregnant, especially in the realm of Nigeria’s girl child day-to-day experiences.

Issa acknowledged that the rights of the girls were always trampled on, as in other instances, the rights of the girls are traded for selfish gains.

She said the manner the rights of the girls are treated with levity has exposed their future to big threat.

“While the focus of the founding mothers of IDG is for advocacy amongst governments, policymakers and the general public, to create more opportunities for girls to have their voices heard on the global stage, it is important that we don’t lose focus on the baking process of the girl child, so they can actually grow to be a truly strong voice without excess moral baggages and social decadence.

“Notwithstanding the common vices against girl child such as violence, child labor, trafficking and child marriage among others, there is a growing concern over the kind of values our girls child are growing up to admire and the kind of models they are exposed to, which shapes their interests in leadership or whatever productive venture that can make their voice truly and unquestionably strong on the global stage”, emphasizing that “the girl child strength of character have strong implications on their leadership prowess”.

While contributing her opinions to the subject matter, Ms. Rukayat Shittu, the APC candidate for Owode/Onire state constituency informed the girls child to remain focused on their education and develop interest in community and leadership services anywhere they find themselves.

Mrs. Rukayat Yahyah, the Founder of Tamirah Wellbeing Foundation, while addressing the issue of girl child revealed that there’s need for us to make impacts on the younger generation, and so as to make them better women of tomorrow.

Mrs. Rukayat Yahyah: “It was imperative for females to nurture their integrity right from childhood, hence, the need to refrain from any conduct capable of weakening their character, soiling their images or objectifying womanhood.”

The Project Director of KidsTech Africa, Yahyah Dunmoye, while contributing his opinion mentioned the need for girls child to gather tech skills as it will make them persons of great value in their chosen career and life endeavor.

The association has also revealed its intended partnership with an IT initiative, KIDSTECH AFRICA to make provision for scholarships to 20 participants for digital training.

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