Girl-child education


Known to be the best investment in development, girls’ education has become a major issue in most developing countries. Especially in sub-Saharan Africa a large number of young girls still do not attend school. The global figure for out-of-school children is estimated at 121 million, 65 million being girls. Over 80 per cent of these girls live in Sub Saharan Africa.

In Nigeria, girls’ access to basic education, especially in northern states, has remained low. As few as 20 per cent of women in the North West and North East of the country are literate and have attended school. The 2006 National School Census (NSC) revealed a net enrollment ratio (NER) of 80.6% suggesting that a substantial proportion (19%) of primary school age population (6-11 years) is not enrolled in primary schools nationwide. This represents about 5 million Nigerian children aged 6-11 years old that do not access primary education.

In the Northern part of the country, the number of children out of school is particularly high and the proportion of girls to boys in school ranges from 1 girl to 2 boys and even 1 to 3 in two states. Although the gender gap has narrowed from 12 to 10 points, there exist wide variations across the States and zones, with the North Central and North West presenting worst scenarios.

The following intervention are undertaken under our Girl-child education program:

  • Raising community awareness in girl-child education and increase political and financial commitment through advocacy and sensitization of policy makers at all levels, as well as parents, school authorities, other leaders and girls’ themselves.
  • Promoting the employment of more female teachers to serve as role models and mentoring out- of-school girls.
  • Promoting synergy between girls’ education programme and poverty alleviation programmes.

  • Scholarships funds.

Our Girl-child education program has the His Highness Muhammad Sanusi II and Salma Boudib Scholarship Fund (SALB) which are dedicated to helping girls in the targeted rural communities in Kano to Study Nursing/Midwifery and Community Health Extension Work. The belief that “every girl-child can and will become whatever she wants to be with the proper educational resources” is echoed throughout the Foundation’s work. ROMZAIB facilitates partnerships with key stakeholders to increase academic achievement of girls studying Midwifery, Nursing and CHEW in Kano State.

The Mission of Muhammad Sanusi II and Salma Boudib (SALB) Fund is to BUILD a collaborative network of diverse stakeholders to IMPROVE the quality of education among the girl-child in rural communities in Kano State.

The Vision of Muhammad Sanusi II and Salma Boudib Scholarship Fund (SALB) is empowering the girl-child in the healthcare area with need-based educational resources.

The Purpose of the Muhammad Sanusi II and Salma Boudib Scholarship Fund (SALB) is to provide scholarships to deserving female Secondary school graduates and returning students intending to pursue/pursuing a course of Nursing, Midwifery or CHEW study at either a two-year or a three-year educational institution.

Every 2 years, the MSII and SALB Scholarship Fund will award scholarship to 6 students.

MSII and SALB Fund will award scholarship to:

  • Two (2) 1st year students
  • Two (2) 2nd year students
  •  Two (2) final year students

Download Application form Here