*Teach them importance of technology
In commemoration of the 2017 edition of International Girls in ICT day, FAME founder, Aderonke Bello, has called on Nigerians to educate young girls, by teaching them the importance of technology.
FAME is a gender biased Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) set up to seek better living for women and girls.
Speaking via a press release, founder of the NGO, Aderonke Bello, stressed the importance of technology and internet accessibility for the girl-child from age seven upward.
“Nigerians should ensure that every girl-child is computer literate, they must be shown the tools to use in technology and also, internet access, these can help them use ICT for development and empower them to develop interest in digital technology,” she says.
However, she called on parents, teachers, guardians, schools, individuals, and leaders to teach every girl-child about ICT.
“I have spent most of my adult life, advocating for every girl-child to be educated, on this day, however, I am calling on parents, guardian, schools, individuals to ensure that every girl-child is computer literate, teach her the importance of technology, give her the access to use the internet positively, regardless of her race, religion, tribe, status, and language spoken.
“It is a digital age and the computer literacy of every girl-child is important and required,” she concludes.
To ensure equal access to education, the National Policy on Education states that access to education is a right for all Nigerian children regardless of gender, religion and disability.
In 2002, the combined gross enrollment for primary, secondary and tertiary schools in the nation for female was 57% compared to 71% for males. This is a yawning gap that requires concerted efforts at ennabling girls to go through school.
Gender disparity is also visible in the education of children with disabilities, a study in the 1990s revealed that only 37% of disabled females are literate compared to 57% for males. A reason for this situation is the cultural notion that the male will carry the family name while the female will marry. Also the option of street begging by young disabled girls in order to earn income can inhibit their attendance of classes