Okei-Odumakin seeks law to sustain back-to-school for married women

A nongovernmental organization, Women Arise for Change Initiative (WA), has urged the Federal Government to make a law to support its proposed special schools for women, who abandoned school for marriage.

Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, President of WA, in a statement, Thursday, in Lagos, said that an enabling law would enhance the sustainability of the schools.

According to her, similar schools established in the past had not been developed due to lack of proper legal backing.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Jummai Al-hassan, had said that the special schools would also be for women, who got married at an early age.

“It is a policy in the right direction, provided there is a long-term sustainability plan.

“I recall there have been similar efforts, including the Almajiri School Programme, which today, we have been unable to improve upon as a nation,” Okei-Odumakin said.

She hoped that the special schools would prevent early marriage, enhance girl-child education and reduce the number of out-of-school children.
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