Girls with Special Needs: Centre Advocates Improved Budgetary Allocation for STEM

By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna

An NGO, Centre for Girls’ Education (CGE), has appealed to the Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, to accent the improved 2023 budgetary allocation for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), for girls with special needs by 0.46% of the current allocation.

Kaduna State Team Lead of CGE, Aisha Bello Aminu, made the appeal during an inception meeting of “Advocacy for Improved Budgetary Allocation for STEM Education for Girls with Special Needs in Kaduna” project with different stakeholders, to formally introduce the project to enable mutual understanding of project goal and deliverables.

The Centre, is currently implementing a one year project aimed at providing equal opportunities for girls with disabilities on STEM education in Kaduna State, with funding support by Rise Up.

Aisha, who is also a Rise Up Leader, noted that if the budget is accented to, it will provide equal opportunities for girls with disabilities in the area of STEM with a view to narrowing intra and inter gender gaps.

“It will also enhance girls with special needs education and economic security, ensure diverse and talented STEM workforce and eradicate discrimination.

“We appeal to the Executive Governor of Kaduna State to accent the improved budgetary allocation for STEM education by 0.46% of the current allocation for girls with special needs; aged 10-19 by December 2023”. She said.

According to her, under this project, her organization will engage the management of the Kaduna State Disability Board, to participate in the process and girls with special needs will also be incorporated into the advocacies to the Governor and various MDAs.

The Centre for Girls’ Education (CGE), is focused on empowering adolescent girls in Northern Nigerian States and Southern Niger Republic by designing programmes to improve access to and quality of schooling for rural and low-income urban girls.

The Centre works to advance adolescent girls’ education and empowerment in northern Nigeria through innovative programming, advocacy, applied research, and strategic partnerships.

The meeting was attended by representatives from Ministry of Education, Finance, Planning and Budget Commission, State Basic Education Board (SUBEB), People with Disabilities, Joint Association of People with Disabilities and the Disability Board.


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