A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), based in Zamfara State, ‘Save the Children,’ has taken its campaign on child protection and the fight against the poor girlchild school enrolment to rural communities.
The organisation, which is being supported by Lifestep Project (LSP) from Canada, would train 40 households from the six selected villages in the state towards ensuring the protection of children and equipping the knowledge of community members on how to reduce the risk of abuse of children in their areas.
Speaking at the community dialogue meeting with media and other civil society organisations at various centres in the selected villages, the NGO Local Engagement Officer, Jamila Suleman, who led the team, said the programme which was introduced in the country, would work in three states of Jigawa, Katsina and Zamfara.She noted that in Zamfara aalone, the organisation would work in three Local Government Areas of Anka, Bungudu and Bakura and other villages of Abare, Gima, Auki, Sankalawa, Danmanau and Damri were to benefit from the project.
Jamila, who reiterated the importance of education in human development, however, urged the community members to embrace education and the fight against illiteracy for the benefit of their children particularly the girlchild, who are backward in terms of education.
The NGO also urged the village members to stop the practice of withdrawing their female children from school for early marriage, stressing that “education of the female child is very important not only to the parents, but also to the society in general.”
Jamila, while calling on pregnant women to always visit hospital for ante-natal care, also urged them not to engage their female child in unnecessary menia jobs such as hawking, which she said changed the character and disposition of the girl-child.