DON MAKES CASE FOR GIRL-CHILD TRAINING
A retired professor of Ophthalmology at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Prof. Ajesola Solarin Majekodunmi has stressed the need for the girl-child to be given the best opportunity in education to that she could become one of the reckoned with the society.
Prof. Solarin Majekodunmi, who said this at the launch of Ajesola Solarin Majekodunmi Foundation (ASMAF), which coincided with her 70th Birthday Celebration in Lagos recently, said if the gild-child was trained, would automatically amount to empowering mankind and the nation in general.
While commending government?s effort in that regard, she more still needed to done by individuals, corporate bodies and other organizations in training the girl-child. ?The government is trying in the area of girl-child education, though the bread is large, the butter is lean. Government alone cannot do everything that is why some of use established NGOs to assist it in training the girl-child and making sure that they receive qualitative education. If you train a woman, you empower mankind and we know that many women are bread winners, so if you train a girl-child, the future of the country would be better:. She stressed.
Solarin Majekodunmi said her foundation was aimed at raising funds for, and awarding scholarships to intelligent but indigent female students in tertiary institutions, professional courses, as well as leadership and life skills development institutions across the country. She added that it was also in recognition of the fact that exercising the full potential of the female talent would move the country to greater heights.
She stressed that young women needed the necessary support and opportunities that would prepare them for their respective profession, where they are currently under-represented. ?Statistics available have shown that women have not occupied their rightful positions in various levels of the key sectors in Nigeria. Women, inspite of their significant contribution as agents of development, remained marginalized when it comes to governance and decision making process. Therefore qualitative women education and vocational skills acquisition constitute the key to economic and political empowerment of women to be able to overcome oppressive customs and retrogressive traditions that has kept them to the background in the schemes of things.?
Solarin-Majekodunmi, the first female undergraduate of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) recalled that in her days, girl-child education was not common, but with the advice of her maternal grandmother, she was able to make her way to school, adding that being a beneficiary of a lot of scholarships, she decided to give back to the society.
She advised students to study and work hard so that once they get into higher institutions they could apply for the scholarship to achieve their vision.