Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari has underscored the need for more investment in out-of-school teenage girls.
“A substantial number of these girls have either not completed their education or have never attended school, and this portends unpleasant consequences for humanity,” she said.
Mrs. Buhari was speaking during an event at the 50th Session of United Nations Commission on Population and Development, in New York.
Represented at the session, Mrs. Buhari reiterated her efforts through her pet project, the ‘Future Assured Programme’ in advocating for the promotion of girl-child education, and vocational education, through which thousands of women are being trained in fashion design, interior decoration, cosmetics development, leather work and many other trades.
She further confirmed that the programme is organizing refresher courses for those aiming for higher education but do not have the educational requirements.
“Only recently, the future Assured Programme entered into collaboration with the National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-formal Education with the aim of revitalizing the old system of adult education and community learning centers,” she said.
The side event, with theme “Investing in out of school teenage girls: a priority for achieving demographic dividend, sustainable development and specific SDGs in Africa” was jointly organized by UNFPA, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Nigeria’s Permanent Mission to the UN, to showcase Nigeria’s rich experience and the enormous results of the commitment shown by stakeholders.
Mrs. Buhari commended the organizers for highlighting the issue of out-of-school girls and described the theme as apt.