Addis Ababa October 14/2013 The Ministry of Women, Children and Youth Affairs urged the public to contribute share in the efforts to end harmful traditional practices against girls, as these traditions held back girls from attending schools.
While observing the International Day of the Girl Child here Monday the State Minister, Almaw Menigst said the society must to fight harmful traditional practices against girls as they hinder girls from economic activities.
Plan International Country Director, David Trop said one among five school-age girls are unable to attend school and complete education because of poverty, violence, discrimination and forced marriage.
Currently, 65 million girls are unable to attend school, he said, adding, investing in girls' education is imperative to address this problem.
On 19 December 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to declare 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.
For its second observance, this year’s Day will focus on “Innovating for Girls’ Education”.
The fulfillment of girls’ right to education is first and foremost an obligation and moral imperative.
There is also overwhelming evidence that girls’ education, especially at the secondary level, is a powerful transformative force for societies and girls themselves.
It is the one consistent positive determinant of practically every desired development outcome, from reductions in mortality and fertility, to poverty reduction and equitable growth, to social norm change and democratization.
While there has been significant progress in improving girls’ access to education over the last two decades, many girls, particularly the most marginalized, continue to be deprived of this basic right.
Girls in many countries are still unable to attend school and complete their education due to safety-related, financial, institutional and cultural barriers.
Even when girls are in school, perceived low returns from poor quality of education, low aspirations, or household chores and other responsibilities keep them from attending school or from achieving adequate learning outcomes.
The transformative potential for girls and societies promised through girls’ education is yet to be realized.
Recognizing the need for fresh and creative perspectives to propel girls’ education forward, the 2013 International Day of the Girl Child will address the importance of new technology, innovation in partnerships, policies, resource utilization, community mobilization, and most of all, the engagement of young people themselves, according to the UN.