Child Abuse and Its Consequences Essay

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Incidence of Girl-Child School Drop-Out in Zaria (Kaduna State). INTRODUCTION Equity is cited as one of the major challenges facing educational development. It is assumed to refer to the disadvantaged groups including girl-child, rural poor, street and working children as well as gender imbalance. Women in Africa have very limited access to educational opportunities. A number of studies have indicated that small percentage of girls receives formal education at primary, secondary and post-secondary levels in Africa. According to UNGEI (2005) report, girls` education has been a priority in most of the developing countries including Nigeria. Responding on Nigeria girls` education condition, the United Nations Girls` Education Initiative (UNGEI) was launched in Nigeria in November 2002. In collaboration with the Forum for African Women Educationalist (FAWE) Nigeria; United Nations Children and Education Fund (UNICEF) supported a national forum which was convened in November 2004 to build partnerships in Nigeria and propose modalities for future implementation of girls` education strategies. The Federal Republic of Nigeria supports girls` education in many of her districts including Zaria Rural District through Girls` Secondary Education Support (GSES). This is to enable the government achieve the United Nations Millennium Development Goals three which is the attainment of Gender Equality and Women Empowerment. Despite the initiatives highlighted, the proportion of girls attending school in Zaria is slightly lower than that for all ages up to 14years. Also, people from age 15 reported to have no formal education is 65% for women but only 35% for men (Okpoko, 2011). Okpoko (2011) further identifies some of the main obstacles to be socio-cultural and religious practices, poor finance, sexual and physical abuse, unwanted pregnancy, distance from school and early

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