By Gabriel Ewepu
ABUJA- AS the debate of girl-child education continues the proprietress of L’Amour De Dieu International School, Kabusa, Abuja, Mrs Tina Sunmonu, have advocated more focus on girl-child education following the potential inherent in them for national development.
Sunmonu made the assertion during the Christmas Carol organised by the school to herald Christmas as they celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ and end of year, where the pupils and teachers expressed themselves after a busy academic period with variety of games as they embark on holiday.
She said: “We are very grateful to God for today because without God we cannot achieve what we have achieved as management, teachers, parents and pupils of this noble citadel of knowledge.
“It is imperative to mention that our school has been focused and we will continue to depend on God to help us in making more impact in the lives of these young ones.
“The boys and girls in our school compete head-to-head academically. It has made us to discover the high and promising potential of the girl-child anywhere and anytime to do their best to emerge tops and best, which is also evident across the world because it is all about focus and equal opportunity given to both sexes to prove their worth.
“This is also a pointer that the girl-child in Nigeria needs more focus by the government, parents, development partners, donors, religious organizations and traditional rulers and society because they are going to be the engine of growth and development of our national life.”
However, she said government and society are yet to really tap into the enormous potential of the girl-child, which she said has been slowed down over many decades due to religious, cultural, social and political barriers.
“I want to mention that the girl-child has enormous potential that are rare and could make meaningful impact on national life; starting from the home, their own families, place of work and both national and international development.
“These enormous potentials should not be underestimated and let me plead with our leaders at home, place of work, religions and traditional institutions including individuals not to discriminate the girl-child and stop all forms of abuses women and girls suffer in our country and abroad”, she stated.
She also promised to support the girl-child development in all ramifications, and also called on well spirited Nigerians, organizations to continue support and protection of the girl-child, and added that there should be special fund dedicated to the indigent girl-child in the country, and those who are returning from Libya should be properly catered for in order to rehabilitate and give them a sense of belonging.