In a bid to curb the high rate of social ills and decadence in the society, stakeholders have been charged to ensure adequate education for children at the grassroots especially the Girl-child.
The Ondo state Chairman of Standup for Women Society, Olori Olusola Babalola made the call on Monday during an advocacy visit to Awo Kajola community, off Ita Olorun area along Idanre road, in Akure, the Ondo state capital.
Olori Babasola said children at the grassroots, especially the Girl-child should be educated and empowered to become good citizens.
She reeled out the vision and mission of the society which she said is to support the men in building a better and corruption-free society.
“We are not saying that we are equal with the men, they are the heads, but cannot do without the support of the women. The country will only be a more better place if women are in position of authority and in governance,” she said.
Presenting a talk on “Importance of Education to the Girl-child”, Honourable Oreoluwa Agbayewa described education as the key to building human capital which is a vital ingredient in building a nation.
Agbayewa, who identified various types of education, said children should pass through any or all the types to become skillful, more informed and self-confidence needed to be a better parent, worker and citizens.
She charged parents to invest in their children’s education so that they become worthy ambassadors to their families, communities, state and the nation at large.
In a remark, the Proprietor of Young Disciples Academy Mr Victor Oladapo appealed to philanthropists, government and other stakeholders on the need to establish a secondary school in the community.
He said the school which was established by a missionary organisation called GEMPAL mission incorporation is the only school within the community serving over 10 villages just began a junior secondary school students.
He appreciated the women group for the advocacy visit, noting that some parents do not even see the importance of education to their children because they do not have such opportunity.
He also appealed for assistance in the area of provision of computers, solar energy as alternative to non availability of light in the community and accommodation for the serving corp members.
A member of the society Mrs Olufunke Ogidan also admonished parents at the occasion on the need to do a family planning to give better care to their children.
Bale Awo Kajola chief Bala Akinrinoye together with the Chairman of the Chairmen of the communities and his Deputy , Mr Akinro Faderan and Ogunmakin Festus appreciated the group for coming to speak with them on the importance of education.
They charged governments and particularly the politicians to always count the grassroots as one of those to benefit dividends of democracy by developing the communities.
“They only come and make promises without fulfilling them. See the hospital building constructed over there is without any health facilities and personnel.
“We still go to the city for treatment and ni functional bore hole, light and even solar among many others.”
The occasion witnessed distribution of exercise books to the students and those in attendance.