Im always impressed when I go to STEM classes at St Abigails Schools Isolo Lagos and I observe the girl children, what I notice always is their enthusiasm and most times they’re ahead of the boys in their class.
We learnt earlier not to the introduce gender roles in our school. Everyone is important and every child is valid. We encourage the girls as well as the boys to reach for the stars. So often times , during career week I see my girls come out and say ‘Oh Mrs Ezeigwe,I want to be a pilot, I want to be a scientist like Marie Curie. I want to code, at moments like this my joy is full.
Recently my daughter said to me i’d like to be an artist not just an artist a collage artist. I smiled and said to her “you can be anything you want to be dear”. We’ve risen from obscurity to light and every time the girl child is lifted from the pangs and pains of traditions and cultural prisons then a light emerges and the future is sure.
Lets not be weary in championing the education of the girl child . Don’t stop fighting to see girls lifted from obscurity. Don’t allow society place obstacles on her path. Any time you sit at a table of opportunity make sure you open the doors for other women to pass through.
Education is the lighting of fire, please pass on the light. Remember the girl child, her place is not only in the kitchen, she has a right to be anything she wants to be and whom ever she wishes to be.