By AFAM Echi
A female protagonist and political chieftain in Oguta Princess Calista Anenehave risen to drum up support for the education of the girl child in order to maximize her values in the society.
Anene made the call during her visit toMaria Assumpta Girls’ High School, Oguta,Thursday, where she encouraged the students to be focused academically. She also used the opportunity to explain why she holds girls’ education so close to her heart.
The Oguta Princess who has been quite vocal about her mission to educate and empower young women vowed to stand foreverfor girls with her struggles. She also spared moments to educate them on the importance of girl-child education and their rights as females,
The PDP chieftain explained that aside from reading and meeting real-life role models like Mrs.Flora NwapaNwakuche, first Nigerian female novelist and former Commissioner for education in the old East Central State, she was motivated to fight for girls’ education as a champion for her gender because of the disadvantageous position they occupy in the society.
In her words, ‘there are tens of millions of girls in every corner of Oguta LGA, Imo state and Nigeria who are not in school — girls who are so bright, hardworking and hungry to learn. I plan to keep working on their behalf, not just for today but for the rest of my life’’
Still lamenting on the state of affairs of the girl childAnene had more to say, ‘Africa is a sadly dangerous place for women and girls, and we see that again and again,I think young women are tired of it. They’re tired of being undervalued. They’re tired of being disregarded. They’re tired of their voices not being invested in and heard… And if we’re going to change that, we have to give them the tools and the skills through education to be able to lift those voices up.’’
She further expressed the hope that parents will rise to the challenge and keep working as hard as they can to continue educating every child on this planet so that the required impact and sustainable growth we all seek will be achieved.
The students used the occasion to ask questions sexual abuse and harassments as well as raising questions about teachers who send them to do domestic chores in their houses. The Vice Principal of the Mr. Charles Ofili, expressed gratitude to Anene for her interest in the girl child education and prayed God to give her all the needed support to realize her dreams.
The female activist called on the government and other agencies to focus more on the girl child education arguing that if you educate a woman you educate a nation.