Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has charged parents, teachers, school administrators and community leaders to prioritise the participation of girls in science.
Obaseki gave the charge yesterday in Benin City in commemoration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, marked every February 11, by the United Nations and its partners.
The governor decried practices in some societies that relegate the girl child in the pursuit of knowledge and explained that girls can contribute as much to development, as their male counterparts, if equally empowered.
He said: “With the Edo Basic Education Sector Transformation (EDOBEST) programme, which my administration initiated, we have provided a level playing field for our male and female children to actualise their God-given potential.”
According to the governor, “the ongoing revamp of 230 primary schools across the state and the conversion of the former Benin Technical College (BTC) to Government Science and Technical College (GSTC) were informed by our realisation of the new offerings of science education in fast-tracking development.”
He added that several trainings hadbeen organised for girls at the Edo Innovation Hub to equip them with hands-on-skills to participate in the Information Communication Technology-driven global market.
Obaseki promised that more opportunities would be created for girls by his administration to enable them take charge of their space and contribute significantly to the nation’s growth and development.
The United Nations said that “over the past 15 years, the global community has made a lot of efforts in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. Yet women and girls continue to be excluded from participating fully in science.”
On the 2019 theme: “Investment in Women and Girls in Science for Inclusive Green Growth”, the UN explained that science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally-agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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