UN ambassador Malala Yousafzai meets VP Shettima in Aso Rock, advocates girl child education

UN ambassador Malala Yousafzai meets VP Shettima in Aso Rock, advocates girl child education

Malala Yousafzai, an activist and United Nations Ambassador, met with Vice President Kashim Shettima on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, where she renewed her campaign for female child education.

During her visit, which coincided with her 26th birthday, she estimated that over 120 million female children were still out of school, despite the benefits it provides.

Malala is in Nigeria as part of her tenth year at the UN to raise awareness on plights of female children and the importance of all-round education to make them useful to society.

She told State House Correspondents shortly after meeting with the Vice President that her travel to the Aso Villa is motivated by the need to increase advocacy for girls’ education.

The UN Ambassador said, ” I am here in Nigeria to celebrate my 26th birthday. Since my UN speech at age 16, I have been going around the world meeting girls from different parts of the world and raising awareness about the issues that girls face.

“We know that there are more than 120 million girls who do not have access to education right now and just as people spoke out about my education, I want them to think about the education of other girls as well.

“In Nigeria, I’m here because girls’ education is important here. It will determine the future of Nigeria. So, I’m here because I want to bring attention to those issues. I’m here to speak as well and share my thoughts with the communities, and also lucky that I was able to meet girls in Abuja. I was also able to go to Borno State and meet incredible girls, visit their schools and also meet the education activists. It is the work of the education activists, girls and civil society and government that gives us hope that we can have a better future for the education of all children, especially girls here. I was very lucky that I had the meeting with the Vice President and he gave us his time; he gave us his support”.

She urged all levels of government in Nigeria to redouble their efforts in the promotion of girls education, Daily Post reports.

“I make bold to say that every child should have access to free and quality education, I also ask that we make full financial commitment to ensure that no child is left behind in this country.

“I have been to Nigeria three times. I came here in 2014 to show solidarity to the Chibok girls who had been abducted and I was able to meet their parents as well. I came here again in 2017 and I saw more of the work that activists are doing and I met girls. I’m here again and I have seen how much has changed in the past few years and it is because of the commitment of government officials and also the work of civil society and education activists and the determination of girls.

” I was able to meet girls and hear from them directly how they are standing up for their rights. They are not remaining silent. They want a better education; they want quality education for themselves. So, that is what gives me hope and that is what brings me to Nigeria and I think that tells us that the future of Nigeria is bright if you give girls a chance and if you invest in their education,” She stated.

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