The In – Country representative of the Malala Yousafzai Foundation , Crystal Musa, has called for the free compulsory education of the girl child in Nigeria for at least 12 years.
Musa stated this in Yola , Adamawa State , at the validation of a baseline study report on the community- led Action For Girl Education Project in Adamawa on Thursday .
The foundation , she said , was advocating for an upgrade of the country’ s nine – year free compulsory education to 12 years, particularly for the girl child , so that the nation could be on par with standard practice in other countries of the world .
Musa added that the foundation was pursuing the three years extension with authorities at both the federal and state levels , as it insisted on the need for the government to end the regime of school fees payment .
The foundation was also funding a community- led Collective Action for Girls Education project to be implemented in Numan , Song and Maiha local government council areas by the African Centre for Leadership , Strategy and Development .
At the project validation, the team lead , Monday Osasah said the programme was conceptualised to extend school enrolment for the girl child through the community approach . “This project, C- CAGE was conceptualised to address the root cause of barriers in girl child enrolment , retention and completion in Adamawa state , with focus on Numan , Song and Maiha local government areas.
“ Global statistics reveal that 263 million children of school going age are out of school . The total includes 63 million children of primary school age ( 24 per cent ), 61 million of lower secondary school age (23 per cent ) and 139 million of upper secondary age (56 per cent ).
Nigeria has 13 . 2 million out of school children – the world ’ s highest number, sixty per cent of those children are in Northern Nigeria, ” Osasah said .