"It is important to ensure that female children are well educated. When you train a man, you train an individual but when you train a woman, you train a nation.”
~ Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State on Wednesday October 22, 2014, at the opening ceremony of the pilot distribution of school uniforms to JSS 1 female students at Munya Local Government Area of the state.
Education is one of the most critical areas of empowerment for women, as both the Cairo and Beijing conferences affirmed. It is also an area that offers some of the clearest examples of discrimination women suffer. 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.
Offering girls basic education is one sure way of giving them much greater power -- of enabling them to make genuine choices over the kinds of lives they wish to lead. 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 establish it as a basic human right.