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


An NGO, 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, said on Thursday in Lagos that an enabling law would enhance the sustainability of the schools.

Okei-Odumakin gave the advice in a statement in Lagos.

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 has been similar efforts, including the Almajeri 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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