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Northern Education: UNICEF says over 58,000 teachers required to increase girl child education

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Northern Education: UNICEF says over 58,000 teachers required to increase girl child education

Funmi Lawrence

The United Nations Children and Education (UNICEF) says 58,121 female teachers are needed in order to close the gender parity gap in rural schools in Northern Nigeria.

UNICEF revealed the figure at a two-day dissemination workshop in Abuja  on Wednesday.

The workshop focused on Research Findings conducted by UNICEF on the “Effect of Female Teachers on Girls’ Enrolment and Retention in Northern Nigeria and Communication for Development (C4D) Assessment in Basic Education.

The findings of a research was conducted by UNICEF in 2018 in eight northern states aimed at improving the attendance of females in schools in the north.

The eight northern states used as focal study are Bauchi, Gombe, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger, Sokoto, Taraba, and Zamfara.

According to the research findings, female teachers have a substantial positive effect on girls’ educational outcomes.

Dr Noel Ihebuzor, a resource person who spoke on the ‘Effect of Female Teachers on Girls’ Enrolment and Retention in Northern Nigeria said to achieve gender parity in rural communities, the number of female teachers would have to increase in four-fold.

Ihebuzor said the Federal Government should employ more female teachers to improve access, retention and quality learning in schools.

“If the quality of education is improved, it becomes an attraction for parents to send their children to school.

” Boko Haram is not the main reason why parents do not send their wards to school in the North.

” Before Boko Haram, many families do not send their children to school. General security, poverty could also hinder parents from sending their wards to schools,” he said.

Speaking on research findings on, ‘Communication for Development (C4D)Assessment in Basic Education (CABE) in Nigeria,’ UNICEF C4D specialist, Mr Ogu Enemaku said the findings showed that the presence of female teachers in school was a determining factor whether parents will send their children to school or not.

Enemaku added that access, quality and accountability are essential for the development of any country’s  educational system.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a survey conducted by UNICEF showed that the number of out of school children had increased from 10.5 million to 13.2 million. (NAN)

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2022 Ote4Wealth Football Tournament: Kebbi, Rivers, Ebonyi, Anambra Record Victories On Matchday 2

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Advance FC of Kebbi State defeated Nuwalege FC of Cross River 4-1 on penalties to advance to next stage of the maiden edition of Ote4Wealth Football Tournament holding I. Abuja.


Playing the first match of the day on Saturday, both teams needed the lottery of penalty shootout to determine the winner after a scoreless regulation time.


In the second match, Golden Stars of Rivers State defeated Sports Dreams 3-0 to progress to the next stage. 


The 3rd match of the day, a South-East derby between Lazio FC of Enugu and New Heaven FC of Ebonyi State ended 0-1 in favour of the latter.


Jay One FA of Anambra State  also relied on penalty shootout to overcome Royal Stars of Kogi state 4-3 in the 4th match of the day after recording a goalless draw at full time
The Ote4Wealth Football Tournament holding at the Water FC Stadium, Apo Abuja is in in honour of Diamond Jubilee celebration of Nigeria’s foremost philanthropist and Business mogul, Femi Otedola Femi Otedola who clocked 60 on November 4. 


Results Of Matches so far:
Advance FC 4-1 (pen) Nuwalege FC
Golden Stars 3-0 Sports Dreams
Lazio FC 0-1 New Heaven
Jay One 4-3 (pen)  Royal Stars 
Ongoing 
Oduduwa FC of Ondo State Vs Prime Stars Abuja

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