This year’s International Day of the Girl Child 2018 with the theme: ‘A Skilled Girlforce’ emphasises on education and skill enhancement required for the girl child today so that she enters the workforce fully skilled, up-to-date with the technology and digitalization.
As per United Nations, out of 1 billion young people globally, 60% adolescent girls will be ready to embark their careers and join the workforce in the next 10 years. However, a whopping 90% of these children living in developing countries will have to work in the informal sector due to lack of employability in the technologically advanced future.
As Cross River state join the world in commemorating this year’s International day of the Girl child, the Director General of Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Betta Edu has charged students of Federal Girls College, Calabar to take their studies very serious so that their future and aspirations can be guaranteed.
Beside education which is the bedrock of any society, Dr. Edu encouraged FGGC students to also learn skills that would help them to cope with the societal demands, especially in this digital era where technology has taken over the space.
“Young girls like you are beginning to use internet to provide solutions to societal problems rather than using internet to chat or watch pornographic.
Be the solution architect to your society! It is truism that the Girl child has been deprived of certain things as well as rights in life and now it is time to correct these abnormally in our society.
The informal sector makes the female workforce vulnerable to low pay parity, exploitation of labor and workplace harassment/abuse. The idea is to draw attention of all stakeholders, the global organizations and community to come together and address investment needs and opportunities for the girl child to pave way for their smooth transition to a happy and fulfilled work life!
As part of activities for this year’s international girl child day, leadership and personal hygiene talks by The Bridge Leadership Foundation, and National Women and Medical Women Association was presented to the students.
It climaxed with the distribution of sanitary pads, detergents and bathing soaps to students.