Nigeria: Government Extends Education to Married Women

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Minister of women affairs, Mrs. Alhassan

The Nigerian government has recently established a special school for married women as part of efforts to rid the country of illiteracy. Women who did not complete their education before getting married will be direct beneficiaries of this scheme.

With a goal to bridge gender gaps, the scheme is seen as one of the ways through which young women can fulfill their dreams and aspiration without having to attend regular schools bearing in mind the age factor.

The minister of women affairs, Mrs. Alhassan spoke concerning this new development in details, as she explained

“All women that married at an early age will have the opportunity to continue their education from their husband’s houses.

“The schools will be in two categories so as to avoid problems emanating from the establishment of the schools.

“The first category is for those who started their schooling but due to one reason or the other dropped out.

“The other category is for the Adult Literacy classes that will be established in all local governments to assist women to attain certain literacy level.

“In the Adult literacy schools, the women will also be empowered with skills training during their lessons.

“The women will be trained how to make soap, local soft drink, candle, pomade, cake, local hairdressing, tailoring and other small businesses.”

She concluded by making an appeal to the religious and traditional rulers in the society, to work at giving the girl-child a voice and hope through education. Because she believes that education is vital in the life of every woman.

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