Nigeria is one of the most troubled countries of the world. There are more girls out there who are out of school than boys. This is despite the fact that Nigeria spends some of its oil riches on the education of its young people. The sad truth is that a lot of Nigerian girls are going to be out of school in the next decade, and the same will become apparent in under a decade in many other countries of the world.
One reason why girls in Nigeria lag behind boys in education is because they do not have access to a proper education. The quality of primary education, especially in Lagos state, is quite low. The quality of secondary education, which is offered in many other states of Nigeria is even worse. Girls from Lagos state, for example, are twice as likely to drop out of school before completing their primary education than girls from any other part of the country. If something as important as a quality education is so important for a girl to have, why is this happening?
Another major cause is that rural areas are simply not accessible by means of modern roads or rail systems. Girls from remote and rural regions are often forced to move further away from the cities in order to be able to attend primary and secondary school. Those who are lucky enough to be able to move to the big cities to get an education quickly tire of the notion of being separated from the people they love. Moving to the big city also often means enduring an intense social environment that girls from remote and poor backgrounds are not used to.
Another challenge that girls face in Nigeria is the gender imbalance in medical care. Girls in the country have far lower health profiles than boys. There are an estimated 5.3 million girls suffering from female diseases such as AIDS and breast cancer. There are also more women than men in the labor force. This contributes to a very dangerous scenario where girls are either poorly treated or die in childbirth.
Girls’ education is hindered by poverty. Girls from disadvantaged families cannot afford to pay for formal secondary schooling, and those that are lucky enough to get some money to pay for school go straight to college. Those who do make the decision to go on to secondary school experience systematic discrimination against them in the classroom. They have fewer chances of progressing to higher education levels.
In the view of many, the best way to ensure that girls have a fair and equal chance in life is to give them a chance at education. A simple solution to this problem in the form of theaination program aims to give girls a chance to get an education. The program is currently being funded by the government and aims to provide girls from low-income families with enough financial backup to go to school. By improving the lives of girls through education, Nigeria has shown itself to be a progressive country. As more countries take an active role in combating poverty and empowering their citizens, more people will see the benefits of this move.