PHOTOS: Young Girls Partake In Computer Exercise To Mark 2019 International Day Of The Girl Child

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The International Day of the Girl Child came to the limelight since October 2012 to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls’ face.

The movement focuses on adolescent girls and tackling issues like child marriage, education inequality, gender-based violence, climate change, self-esteem, and girls’ rights to enter places of worship or public spaces during menstruation.

This year, under the theme, “GirlForce: Unscripted and unstoppable”, schoolchildren who fled Borno State due to Insurgency in the north-east, Nigeria are in the IDP Sharing Prosperity School, Durumi, Abuja which is home to over 180.

According to the School Coordinator, Enoch Johanna, 60 per cent of the schoolchildren are female who have taken an interest in education.

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He added that eight computers have been made available for the children who take a practical lesson once a week for the knowledge of computer literacy.

He further said the idea behind the computer literacy knowledge is for students to help their parents with typing of documents so the students can be responsible and have a sense of belonging in the society at a younger age.

In photos below, young girls participate in a class exercise in their computer class to mark the world International Day of the Girl Child 2019.

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Child Rights: Govt Advised To Implement Existing Laws Not Create New

Child RightsThe Nigerian Government has been advised to pay more attention to implementing laws that protect the rights of children in the society, rather than creating new laws.

Erhumwunse Eghosa of the SOS Children’s Village, made this plea during a conversation on Rubbin Minds in commemoration of the International Day Of the Girl Child, where he noted that the issue of protecting the girl child needs to be put on the front burner internationally.

“If you want to develop a nation, or develop the world, you need to invest in the development of children, especially the girl child,” he said.

He explained that by empowering the girl child, 40% of the job of development would have been done, considering their roles in all facets of development, starting from their roles in raising kids.

He highlighted the need to provide social protection, employment, healthcare and education, with emphasis on the implementation of the laws that would ensure that all these are provided.

“It is not just enough for us to pass beautiful laws and policies. What is utmost is how much we implement these laws and how much we encourage the right mechanism that will help us to ensure that these laws and policies are being implemented.”

The condition of the family backgrounds, he noted, is also an integral factor when talking about the rights of the girl child to education as there must be enabling environment for this to happen from the home front.

While Lagos State has taken the lead in protecting children in line with the law, many states are far behind as the Child Rights Act, he said, is still far behind in achieving its purpose because implementation has not been taken seriously.

Eghosa explained that when the focus of families is on trying to fight poverty, it would be hard for them to understand why their children should not engage in activities like hawking.

He advised that Government needs to appreciate the belief that implementing the Child Rights Act would require sensitizing families on why their children should not be on the streets irrespective of their needs.

He added that Government also must do more in creating economic empowerment for its citizens.

Moving forward, he recommended the creation of a database of all Nigerian citizens as this is the foundation of planning for a society. He added that communities should be encouraged to play major roles in making sure that child rights protection is enforced among the people.

Rights Activists Seek Needed Prominence For The Girl Child

International Day of the Girl Child.Rights activists on Saturday walked through major streets in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital to mark the 2014 International Day of the Girl Child and to push for more attention to be given to the girl child.

According to them, the Nigerian state has not accorded the girl child the needed prominence she deserved in the society.

The International Day of the Girl Child was set aside by the United Nations in 2011 to increase awareness of the inequalities faced globally by the girl child.

October 11 every year was adopted by a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly in 2011 to mark the International Day of the Girl Child.

The theme for this year’s celebration is; ‘Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence’.

According the the UN, about 120 million girls between the ages of 15 and 19 globally are victims of physical abuse.

In Nigeria, such abuses include rape, kidnapping, societal discrimination which often lead to lack of education for the girl child, practices that Nwaruruahu Shield Tolulope Lawal, two of the activists, condemned.

While commending the Nigerian government for including women in its administration, activists say more opportunities should be given to the girl child.

Three years after this day was set aside, many people are beginning to see the importance of a girl child in the society.

It is hoped that with this kind of awareness created every year, the girl child would be recognised the same way her male counterparts were respected around the world.