-“Seadogs Believe in Girls’ Education”, says Peter Affe-
As humanity celebrates International Day of the Girl Child today, Peter Affe, Vice President I of the National Association of Seadogs, Calabar Municipality Chapter in Cross River State, has stated that members of his Association believe that the Girl Child should have the best of education. He stated this today, when he featured with some officers of his branch of the Association in “The HIT Breakfast show”, a program of HIT 95.9 FM radio station, Calabar. According to him, “the International Day of the Girl Child brings tremendous opportunities to raise awareness and engender support for girl education and protection.”
He added that: “…. The girls in the world are a key part of the new generation bursting with power, energy and creativity; and the girls living in emergency situations, displaced as a result of natural disasters or crises are no less important…. It is increasingly important for governments to focus on girl education especially since many women are prevented from accessing healthcare by their husbands or other male relatives due to the unavailability of female health workers. Education enables a girl (and potential mother) to have a say in the decision making process over her health and the health of her children.”
Peter Affe further stated that his Association’s Campaign is targeted at girls, parents and guardians (specifically male relatives- fathers, husbands and brothers). He also mentioned traditional and religious leaders, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Ministry of Education as well as Schools, as targets of the Association’s campaign.
Also speaking, Maurice Ibok, Vice President II of Calabar Municipality’s branch of the Association, explained that his branch is observing the International Day of the Girl Child in line with National Association of Seadog’s overall strategic advocacy agenda. In addition, he stated that the Association is organizing and providing public and media platforms for girls to speak out for themselves concerning issues that affect them directly or indirectly.
The Vice President II submitted that, “The more educated a woman is, the more likely she is to participate in the decision making process in her household”.
Equally, Emeka Nwigwe, Secretary of Calabar Municipality branch of the Association, justified his Association’s involvement in advocacy campaigns for the Girl Child, saying that the Association has always been chivalrous, especially towards women.
He said: “The International Day of the Girl Child is also a platform to do work in line with the National Association of Seadogs (NAS) strategic advocacy agenda. The campaign aims to reach the most marginalized children with health, education and protection interventions. Girls in emergency situations represent a marginalized group whose needs and peculiar challenges must be highlighted and brought to the fore.”
The theme of this year’s International Day of the Girl Child is “EMPOWER Girls: Emergency response and resilience planning”.
- Cornelius Ellah
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