Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Unacceptable Ignorance of Corporate Nigeria on the Emergency of Millions of Poor Girls Out of School

I am still baffled that if I don't initiate and organize the annual United Nations' International Day of the Girl Child in Nigeria, no one else does so.
It is baffling to see the unacceptable ignorance of Corporate Nigeria on the humanitarian emergency of the over 5 million underprivileged girls out of school in Nigeria.

Millions of girls of today become mothers tomorrow before the boys even become men, because of the widespread cases of girl child marriages and teenage pregnancies.

Uneducated girls are the most deprived and most vulnerable humans on earth.
Underprivileged girls out of school are the most Disadvantaged girls in the world.

The UN felt a need to raise awareness of the challenges that millions of girls face every day. In December 2011, the UN declared that it would annually observe the International Day of the Girl Child, starting from October 11, 2012.
Even before the United Nations started the observation of the annual International Day of the Girl in 2012, I have addressed the emergency of millions of girls out of school in Nigeria when my publishing company, King of Kings Books International organised a National Essay Competition for Secondary Schools in Nigeria in 2003 at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies of the University of Lagos.

I initiated the first ever celebration of the United Nations' International Day of the Girl Child in Nigeria on October 11, 2013 with the Nigerian première of @GirlRising at the Silverbird Cinemas of the Silverbird Galleria on Victoria Island, Lagos. The Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND), Zonta, UNIC and others joined me to coorganize it. But 95% of them only joined me to use the event for public relations. Because, none of them organised the event in 2014. I returned to organiize it successfully again in 2015 at the same venue with the Nigerian premiere of "HE NAMED ME MALALA" which @Malala celebrated the more than 250 secondary school girls at the event and commended my Girls United Together for Success (GUTS) project for the education, protection and welfare of girls which I launched in 2014 and appointed Franca Aide as the National Coordinator. But since 2015 to date, no other Nigerian has organised the event. Even the youngest Nobel laureate, Malala Yousafzai visited Nigeria twice and met with Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo in July 2017, but the Nigerian government did not organise the event.

Malala Yousafzai and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President of Nigeria during her visit in July, 2017.

Majority of armed robbers, kidnappers and terrorists in Nigeria were the children of illiterate mothers who were among the millions of underprivileged girls out of school decades ago.
If only the government had responded to the emergency, most of them would have been sent to primary and secondary schools and given equal opportunities for formal education and occupation to enable them have the IQ and legitimate jobs to secure their future as mothers. But neglecting them is the cause of their failures in life and having early marriages or unwanted pregnancies with terrible consequences of the high rates of maternal mortality and other dangers witnessed among these underprivileged and disadvantaged girls who never went to school in Nigeria.

The consequences have been discussed on many occasions, including on my popular topic of "Are You Sending Your Housemaids To School?" on Nairaland -

The privileged elites of the ruling class and even millions of low income earners in Nigeria prefer to cheat and exploit these underprivileged girls out of school as housemaids who are wickedly deprived of education while their own children go to school and later end up as the next "Ogas" and "Madams" of these same underprivileged girls who did not go to school who would later end up as the poor cleaners, messengers, drivers, servants and street traders in the society. And the socioeconomic vicious circle of man's inhumanity to man will continue if we fail to address the dangerous consequences of millions of underprivileged girls out of school in Nigeria.

~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima,

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