Is Nigeria failing female students?

The Space Science System Research Institute (SSSRI) an independent private research institute is set to train 1000 girls in Basic and Senior High Schools across the country in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics. The training is to spark new interests, make real-life connections, and fight stereotypes and obstacles facing young girls and women in Ghana.

Meanwhile, in Nigeria we have a declining literacy rate for girls.

The Challenge

According to UNICEF,
One in every five of the world’s out-of-school children is in Nigeria.
Even though primary education is officially free and compulsory, about 10.5 million of the country’s children aged 5-14 years are not in school. Only 61 percent of 6-11 year-olds regularly attend primary school and only 35.6 percent of children aged 36-59 months receive early childhood education.

In the north of the country, the picture is even bleaker, with a net attendance rate of 53 percent. Getting out-of-school children back into education poses a massive challenge.

Gender, like geography and poverty, is an important factor in the pattern of educational marginalization. States in the north-east and north-west have female primary net attendance rates of 47.7 percent and 47.3 percent, respectively, meaning that more than half of the girls are not in school. The education deprivation in northern Nigeria is driven by various factors, including economic barriers and socio-cultural norms and practices that discourage attendance in formal education, especially for girls.