Beauty pageant organisers have called on parents to promote and support girl-child education. Mr Emmanuel Anabueze, the Project Director, Queen of South-East Nigeria, made the call on Monday in Owerri , in an interview with News Men.
Anabueze, said that special attention should be given to girl-child education, since females are the mothers of the family. “Every child needs education; however, there is a saying that when you educate a woman, you educate a nation.
“Since every girl-child is a potential mother, it becomes very important that special attention should be given to their education,” he said.
Anabueze noted that it was regrettable that many young girls, especially in rural areas across the country, who should be in school, were subjected to one form of child labour or the other.
“From childhood to 18, children are supposed to be in school and not to hawk in the streets or sent to serve as housemaids. In most cases, after primary school, many parents do send them to learn a trade or to stay with a relative in the city, without knowing what is happening to them.
“Learning a trade is good he added, but an educated business person either male or female will do better and become more relevant to society,’’ he said.
Anabueze said that the South-East region was particularly affected by the trend, adding that something needed to be done.
“This Movement is a platform to enlighten parents and guardians on why their children should be educated, “he explained.
SOURCE: The Nigerian Voice (entertainment)