by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Parents have advised to invest in girl-child education because it yields significant social and economic benefits, healthier families, reduced poverty and increased gender equality in the society.
Plateau State Deputy Governor, Hon. Mrs Josephine Piyo, disclosed this during the Speech and Prize-Giving Day of the Air Force Girls Military School, Jos, recently.
She observed that many barriers still hinder the education of girls in various parts of the world and in Nigeria, adding that discrimination, cultural norms, early marriages, lack of resources and gender-based violence were just a few of the challenges that prevent girls from accessing education.
According to her, government would remember its responsibility to break down these barriers and create an environment where every girl can realise her full potential.
She commended the graduating Junior Airwomen, who have proven that with determination, resilience, and unwavering dedication, they can overcome any obstacle that comes their way.
“The theme, ‘The Girl Child Education and the 21st Century Dynamics,’ resonates deeply as we strive for progress and gender equality in an ever-evolving world.
“You have taken advantage of the opportunities provided to you, and you stand as shining examples of what can be achieved when girls are given equal access to education.
“Your achievements inspire us all, and I have no doubt that you will continue to make a positive impact on society. As you move forward in your respective journeys, remember to embrace the values instilled in you during your time here, at Air Force Girls Military School Jos.
“Values such as integrity, discipline, and a commitment to excellence: these values will serve as your compass as you navigate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead,” Josephine Piyo urged.
She stressed thus: “Today, we gather to recognize not only the achievements of these remarkable individuals but also to shed light on a subject that is of utmost significance in our society – the education of the Girl-child in the 21st Century. Education has always been the cornerstone of progress and development for any society.”
Speaking earlier, the Commandant of the school, Group Captain R.S. Bello, stated that the school has graduated almost three thousand girls whom have gone to become great achievers in different aspects of life.
The Commandant charged the graduands to be “ambassadors of change” in the society and not forget the discipline and values that have been placed in them.
On his part, Air Vice Marshal Usman Abdulahi, who is Air Officer Commanding, Ground Training Command, said that there were no limits for the girl, as women have shown to be good leaders in the society.
He stated that the Air Force recognises the importance of Girl-child education; that is why it established the only Military Girls School in the country.