Ruqayyatu Rufa’i, Minister of Education, has condemned the high level of illiteracy among women, emphasizing the need to improve girl-child education.
The minister made the assertion at the opening ceremony of a three-day workshop titled: “Genders and Transformative Leadership,” organised by UNESCO, Abuja office.
Mrs. Rufa'i said women as an integral part of nation building, must be empowered to play fundamental roles in national development.
“Women constitute a larger percentage of the illiterate population. It is in this regard that we must upscale our strategies to improve girl’s participation in schools.
“We can do this, by mobilising communities, targeting financial support for girls, ensuring the gender-sensitive teaching methods, and providing safe and healthy school environment.
“I, therefore, call on all stakeholders, women organisations, NGOs, corporate organisations, the media as well as well-meaning Nigerians to support government efforts at women empowerment,’’ she said.
The minister said that limitations to female empowerment include family responsibilities, child bearing, economic, cultural and social barriers as well as lack of adequate education.
Mrs. Rufa’i said government had institutionalised a special Female Teacher Training Scholarship Scheme, (FTTSS) and other strategies to address the menace.