Education is an area that culture and religious norms in Africa have offered little opportunity to the girl-child. This accounts for the larger number of female illiterates and one of the major obstacles to the socio-economic and political development among African women.
Education is an important tool that empowers women. This, both the Cairo and Beijing conferences of the United Nations affirmed. It is also an area that offers some of the clearest examples of discrimination women suffer too.
Among children not attending school there are twice as many girls as boys, and among illiterate adults there are twice as many women as men, says the UN.
According to the UN, offering girls basic education is one sure way of giving them the much greater power to make genuine choices over the kinds of lives they wish to live. This is not a luxury.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women established education as a basic human right.
This is why all cultural and religious laws which do not encourage girls’ education must be abolished.
Offering quality education to girls is one sure way of empowering them for the future. This is the reason why the government must prioritize girls education.
An educated woman has the skills, information and is confident to manage, create wealth and stands the chance of building a better home than an illiterate woman.
All cultural and religious laws and practices that hinder the development of young girls must as a matter of urgency be reviewed. Some practices such as early and forced marriage should be abolished. This could be done through a legislation. This is the only way young girls could be empowered. Let us motivate girls to stay in school until completion.
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