WOMEN in governance Network (l-WlG-N) IDIKACHO, Anambra State Chapter recently paid a courtesy visit to the Commissioner for Basic Education Mrs Kate Omenugha in her office at Jerome Udorji secretariat Complex, Awka..
Delivering an address, the coordinator I-WIG-N Anambra chapter Ethel Afuokwu said, I-WIG-N is a network of women from all the south East States, who share the vision of improved living for women and children who majorly make up the rural populace, The. network started in Anambra State with The support from DFID funded programmes v2p and subsequently with PERL ,support and has expanded to the other South East States who replicated learning from anambra state to their own states.
She said the group’s vision was to minimise high level of drop out of pupils, especially the girl child , discourage teenage pregnancy, reduce high illiteracy among the youth, truancy, and discourage early marriage,”we are willing to partner with your good office to work towards increasing enrolment and acquisition of basic education for the rural populance.
Presenting the pictures of poor state of community schools in the state ,Omenugha promised to look in to the matter within two weeks and work as a team with the group, noting that women can get to any level and places they want in life with good manners, not shabby or crooked, she maintained, and thanked them for their efforts in moving around the states to know the state of schools in the state, saying that women are the agents of change in the society.
She told women to be model by their families and society at large and make positive impacts in the lives of their children by inculcating moral values and advised them against miracle centres ,rather forcing them to always read their books and pass their exams. She emphasised the need for students to avoid entering into exam halls with their hand sets, and used the opportunity to advise women to come out en-mass and participate in politics and support fellow women.
Most of the schools affected are Atamegoma Community Primary school, Udama Community Secondary and Primary Schools in inoma community in Anambra West Local Government Area, Umuabu Community Primary School, Umunakwa community Primary School in GzubuluEkwusigo LGA and others.