The Former Central Bank Governor and impeached Emir of Kano Lamido Sanusi has clamoured in the importance of educating a girl child, stating his belief that this is crucial to Nigeria’s socio-economic development.
Sanusi stated this on Wednesday during the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) challenge for local community teachers in the country.“Education holds the key to our development. We must continue to give priority attention to the sector because it is the bedrock of any development. We are part of wider society, our happiness, our success, and prosperity will come to nothing if we do not ensure that the vast majority amongst us share in that prosperity and success. I have the strong belief that educating the girl child will improve nutrition, reduce infant mortality, poverty, and provide a better life for the deprived in our society”, he said
Speaking on the project, Sanusi noted that it will provide opportunities to improve access to quality and gender-responsive education for women and girls in crisis, conflict, and fragile situations.He revealed further that the it is in partnership with a Canada-based social enterprise, 1 Million Teachers (1MT) who will provide equitable and high impact initiatives that can enhance learning opportunities for the less privileged in the society. He added that the project which will also be funded through an endowment fund, “aims to inspire and catalyse innovative community development activities that support the achievement of the SDGs, particularly quality education and gender equality.”
Mr Sanusi who is the Chancellor of the Kaduna State University and an advocate of the Girl-Child education added that community teachers who have ideas on how education can be delivered qualitatively and equitably to grassroots communities can apply for the challenge.“Successful applicants will receive 10 grants of $500 each across Sub-Saharan African countries annually. Participating teachers will have the learning opportunities in Design thinking, Stakeholder engagement, Project management. In addition to this, one on one access to specialist advisors from Queen’s University Faculty of Education (Canada) and a dedicated mentor for each program.