The United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) - Partnership to Engage Reform and Learn (PERL) is a seven-year public sector accountability and governance programme. The programme is aimed at supporting core governance systems and processes for the delivery of public goods and services, ensuring that citizens are engaged in these processes. In the first five years of the programme, 2016 to 2021, the programme worked in partner states (Kaduna, Kano and Jigawa) and regional hubs (South East and South West) with a Federal component facilitating vertical linkages. The programme after completing its initial 5-year period closed out on the 31st of March 2021 in the regional hubs. For the latter two years, which is an extension period, and engaging in the partner states, the programme narrowed its priority areas to three thematic areas: Education, Health and Open Societies to align with the evolving context in FCDO.
When it comes to education in the North, a major issue identified over the years has been the poor enrolment and completion rate of the girl child. However, the cultural and systemic barriers to girls’ education in Nigeria, particularly in the North, have been frequently identified and analysed over the years. Studies have shown that the low level of girls’ enrolment in formal education is due to instances of early marriage, a lack of adequate and quality education infrastructure, poverty and the general low value accorded to girls and women in the region. Further, in addition to the challenges listed above, the scourge of the COVID-19 pandemic and the attendant lockdown have exacerbated issues hindering the education of girls in Nigeria. In addition to this, rising security concerns in many states have seen incidences of kidnappings of girls from their schools.
Drawing from its interventions in education particularly Girls’ Education, FCDO-PERL in partnership with Kaduna, Kano and Jigawa state governments conducted a study to investigate the emerging barriers to girls’ education.
The event will present the findings of the Emerging Barriers to Girls Education study and recommended key policy actions for addressing identified barriers. It will depict accounts of the challenges that girls face in their own words. It will also provide an opportunity for organisations to network and respond to the identified barriers to girls’ education in the three states, drawing lessons that may be applicable to other states.
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When: Dec 13, 2022 10:00 AM West Central Africa
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