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U.S Ready to Support and Enhance Girl-Child Education in Nigeria – John Kerry

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PIC. 5. U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE, MR JOHN KERRY (R) WITH THE SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS (STEM) GIRLS: RUKAYAT INUSA, FATIMAH OWOLABI AND JAMILAT YAHAYA DURING AMEETING AT THE U.S. EMBASSY IN ABUJA ON WEDNESDAY (24/8/16). 5938/24/8/2016/TA/BJO/NAN

U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE, JOHN KERRY (R) WITH THE SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS (STEM) GIRLS: RUKAYAT INUSA, FATIMAH OWOLABI AND JAMILAT YAHAYA DURING A MEETING AT THE U.S. EMBASSY IN ABUJA ON WEDNESDAY (24/8/16). 5938/24/8/2016/TA/BJO/NAN

U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, has expressed U.S. Government readiness to support and enhance girl-child education in Nigeria.

Kerry said this in his opening remarks before a closed door meeting with some Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) students and other gifted girls’ groups in Abuja on Wednesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that STEM is a U.S. programme aimed at encouraging girl-child education in science and technology.

Others at the meeting include “opportunity students” under the U.S Scholarship Programme, Violere Group.

The secretary expressed concern that there were many girls who never had the opportunity to go to school, while many others were forced into early marriage.

He said the U.S Government was ready to work with the Federal Government to help girls have better education.

“So, we are working very hard to empower the girls through education so that they will be able to make their choices. Now, we want to see how we can all work together to empower everybody to make their choices. We can all together make our communities work, so that we can have a better society,” he said.

Kerry also commended the girls for their courage to make their choices in science and technology with mathematics.

He said: “I salute your courage and your vision for your commitment to education; we want to work with you”.

The U.S. scribe, however, challenged the girls to work harder so as to benefit from the opportunities provided for them to have better education.

He explained that it was only hard work that could make them better individuals.

He added that “USAID has committed hundred millions of dollars to these efforts to be able to help girls to make their own choices and be educated. However, it won’t happen overnight, it involves hard work and commitment to make it happen”.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

6 Comments

  1. praizeblog.com

    August 25, 2016 at 9:41 am

    dts gud

  2. ME

    August 25, 2016 at 9:47 am

    So, only these 3, representing a certain ideology/religion could represent the “STEM” naija girls? Diversity is key in representation of whom we are as a nation. I am just saying…

  3. nnenne

    August 25, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Are they supporting EVERY girl ‘s education or CERTAIN girl’s education?
    Let’s make it clear!
    There are many girls across Nigeria, willing to be educated but lack the rresources

  4. Oluchi

    August 25, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    please i beg any nd every well meaning Nigerian
    out there to come to my aide, am in dire need of
    10000 naira, please am not in a hospital bed
    neither do i have any disease, am jst a student
    who cant make ends meet. please help me, i
    may not be able to repay u now, bt if nd when i
    can, i would. please my acct number is
    0039705865: diamond bank, name: Oluchi O.
    please help me anybody. am ashamed to do dis, bt i
    cant keep dying in silence , please help.

    • Tommy

      August 25, 2016 at 3:33 pm

      naija make we help dis babe na, its embarrassing dat a gal will go to dis length askn for jst 10k. later all dis face painters will b forming girlpower, am sure dat more guys will be willing to bring out money to help dis young girl, d women will instead use 150k to buy human hair abi na human head.

  5. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN

    August 25, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    What seems to amaze me really is the level of hypocrisy behind the so called girl child education in the Northern parts of Nigeria. Everybody in Nigeria has suddenly develop amnesia. Why aren’t certain questions like why are the daughters of the ruling class in the Northern parts of Nigeria so well educated. Secondly, Since they ( Nothern Elites ) know, appreciate and understand the value of education very well. You and your parents before you deliberately implemented wicked educational policies to render your people powerless so that when it comes to governance your family will not be challenged by any other families. Nothern ruling class needs to implement same policies which was implemented by the Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo in the then Nigeria Western region called Free Education at all level. The Nothern Nigerian political elites and your late parents owed this to your people. None of your daughters marry early, because they were somewhere overseas or witching the Country attending Colleges. If College education is good for your daughters and sons, It should also be good for the daughters and the sons of the common man. Stop using religion as an excuse. Quranic education will only succeeded in creating more Shekaus. Make early marriages a punishable offense in the Nothern Nigeria. A word is enough for the wise. I’ m just saying.

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