Girl Child Education: Rising to the Challenge

Type Journal Article - African Journal of Reproductive Health
Title Girl Child Education: Rising to the Challenge
Volume 14
Issue 3s1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2010
Page numbers 107-112
Northern Nigeria?s high gender inequity in education places the majority of young girls at a severe
disadvantage. This cross-sectional study examined enrolment, dropout, and primary school completion rates
in three communities in Kaduna State. Less than half of young people (6 – 25 years) living in northern
Nigeria are currently enrolled in school and the majority of students are males (60%). This study?s findings
indicate there are nearly twice as many boys graduating from primary school as compared to girls, and the
dropout rate for boys is close to half (3%) of the dropout rate for girls (5.4%). Sustained imputs are needed
to boost female enrolment in junior secondary schools, create girl-friendly school environments, and to better
enable communities to understand the value of girls' education.

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