JAO will strive to decrease the gender gap in education by supporting activities that would promote girl-child education to reach beneficiaries especially indigent students in the FCT.
36 million school-age girls in Africa are not in school and Nigeria accounts for over six million. Some girls receive only six years of formal education in their lives and a child born to a mother, who can read is 50 per cent more likely to survive beyond age five. When given equal access to resources and education, women reduce the number of hungry people worldwide by 16 per cent. “Educated girls grow into educated women who, research shows have healthier babies and more likely to educate their children. The implications of these facts are diverse as they cover the areas of nutrition, life expectancy, income level, family relationship, hunger and nutrition; girls, who stay in school are four times less likely to be sexually active than those who drop out, reducing the incidence of HIV drastically.” (ActionAid Nigeria)