There is a saying that when you educate a girl, you educate a nation. Girl child education is a significant contributory factor to economic development and a key to sustainable development. A fact that the ignorant are not aware of.

Girls lag behind in education worldwide, especially in Africa. The gender gap is widest in India in levels of literacy, school enrollment, school dropouts, and opportunities for vocational training. Painfully, most of the out-of school children worldwide today are girls.

There is a need to educate the public, particularly mothers, about the
value of girls. Factors such as poverty, low parental income, low parental
level of education, early marriage, boy-child preference, religious practices, household chores, child betrothal, child fosterage and polygyny impede girls’ education. These factors were found to further impede girls’ progress socioeconomically.

With these aforementioned factors, what are those things that should be considered in promoting the education of the rural girl-child, to help reduce and eventually eliminate the socio-economic and cultural impediments and promote girls’ progress?


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