Around the world, some 75 million children – more than half of them girls – have no opportunity to attend primary school. One in three children in Africa that are enrolled in school drop out of primary education. For socially disadvantaged groups such as rural or indigenous communities, poor urban dwellers, AIDS orphans or the disabled, access to education is especially difficult. Four out of five children who do not go to school live in rural regions. In Nigeria, traditional role patterns stop parents enrolling girls in school. The stronger the cultural preference for boys in a particular region, the greater the gender disparities in the educational sector, for instance in the northern part of country. In addition, many children are prevented from going to school on account of crises and unrest. The majority of people who are forced to flee armed conflicts are women and children. Understanding the importance of education in the development of any country, CAPP made education one of its core thematic areas. The organization has been contributing to the development of Nigeria by laying more emphasis on the Girl child education. It is worrisome that in Nigeria most rural dweller has no access to education and it is even more disturbing that the girl child is marginalized in this aspect and others. Since many Nigerians are poor, they prefer to enroll boys in school with the available limited resources, while the girls are sent out to hawk and eventually married off. CAPP in recent times has implemented projects on education especially the rural communities in the northern part of the country, we work with stakeholders in the sector both at governmental and community levels to build capacity of teachers, pupils and students to have quality education. Here in CAPP, we appreciate the fact that when a girl is educated, the community, society and the nation at large benefits. Girl child education is the most potent tool in reducing inequality, poverty and dependence in the society. We intend to achieve this vision by continuously involving in the following-
- Partnership with stakeholders in basic education.
- Girls’ empowerment through girls’ club.
- Policy advocacy.
- Promoting community participation in Education.