Katsina Post, recently accompanied the officials of an NGO, Save the Children International (SCI) on Assignment in Rimi Local Government Area, where children’s lives were changed through the project titled “Towards Ending Child Marriage” (TECM) in Katsina.
The NGO, believes that one of the remedies to end child marriage is to increase the enrollment of girls for primary education, ensure retention, and their transition to secondary school.
The organization, Through TECM has impacted positively on the lives of young girls and boys in the state by straightening the capacity of CSO’s to conduct advocacy and Influence Policy on child marriage.
Safiyya Yahaya, 17, now SS3 student of GDSS Abukur in Community in Rimi LGA’ in an interview with Katsina Post said, “I could have ended up in early marriage being school dropout if not the help of SCI.
Safiyya’s Father wanted to impose her to marry one Malam Rabi’u, a trader who also reside in Abukur, which Maryam resisted because of her ambition of becoming a nurse. She wants to continue her education.
The Child Rights Act (CRA) of 2003 in Nigeria, which is a domestication of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Act pegs the minimum age of marriage for girls at 18. But the legislation, which was created at the federal level, would only be effective if it is passed by the state Houses of Assembly.
However, Safiyya told our correspondent about the difficulties she went through in the house, described the experience as challenging.
When asked if she supports child marriage, Safiyya said: “I think Child marriage is not good as it imposes more danger on us ranging from birth complications, diseases, and other physical challenges.
”CSI’s-trained Change Agent, Atiku Bello in Abukur plays an important role in my life. He pleaded my parents to make them understand the dangers of early marriage, the reason why I should continue my schooling.” She said
Safiyya revealed that SCI has tremendously enhanced and vigorously transformed her life through training on child spacing, dangers of child marriage, and the importance of girl-child education.
In Katsina, the organization is working in Rimi and Sandamu Local Government Areas with an average of 11 wards each, targeting no fewer than 33,000 married and unmarried adolescent boys and girls to address gender inequalities and improve their sexual and reproductive health services.