The Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen, has alerted that the COVID-19 pandemic will likely cause numerous children dropping out of school in Nigeria.
Tallen while flagging off the 2020 National Kid’s Day event, themed: “Promoting Girl-Child Education for Sustainable Development”, in Abuja revealed issue that the pandemic will likely impact girl-child education.
She described the Coronavirus pandemic has exposed the girl-child to all types of violence and sexual exploitation specifically with the closure of schools.
The minister, therefore, appealed to parents to make certain their kids went back to school as quickly as scholastic activities resume to bridge gender spaces in line with the SDGs 4.
“As we are all mindful, Nigeria is currently facing the battle of registering the girl-child in school, the COVID-19 pandemic has a high propensity to set us back as the probability for increased school drop-out rates of those already registered.
“These concerns will even more widen the gender spaces in education and result in increase in all kinds of violence such as sexual, physical and emotional exploitation, early and forced marriages, kid trafficking and child labour,” she said.