Abuja- Prof. Hassana Alidou, the Regional Director, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), said educating women and the girl-child in ICT would have positive impact on national development.
Alidou said this at the inauguration of National Monitoring and Evaluation Committee and Training of Non Formal Education Facilitators in Abuja.
The theme of the trianing is: “Empowerment of girls and women in literacy and skills development through the use of ICT’s in Nigeria.’’
She said the role of UNESCO was to increase literacy among girls and women to accelerate national development.
She added that the project was aimed at providing 60,000 Nigerian girls and women with basic literacy and life skills.
According to her, the ultimate beneficiaries of the project are girls and young women who cannot read or write because they did not attend school.
The regional director has  said that  strategies had been put in place to reach out to the female gender in the semi-urban low performing junior secondary schools and that Rivers and FCT had been selected as pilot areas.
“Literacy is an ongoing skill, every time you have a new technology it means that you have new literacy skills to acquire so I will like to say that UNESCO is pleased with Nigeria.
“We are partnering with the Federal, State and Local Governments but also as you can see we also have private sector like Procter and Gamble to really address the issue of illiteracy, particularly among girls and women.
“And in that respect, we really thank our partners, Procter and Gamble, for bringing up to one million U.S. Dollars so that we can have over three years’ projects to empower girls and women in the FCT and Rivers State.
“The partnership between UNESCO and Procter and Gamble, manufacturer of sanitary towel, will go a long way to ensure that girls are given every opportunity to succeed in life.
“Education is the best investment for any nation, especially to encourage girls to go to school as staying in school is a fundamental factor for success.
“Education is the key to individual opportunity, national growth and dignity of self-reliance.’’
Alidou has said that increased female education would both empower individual women and contribute to improving the well-being of their children and transform the society.
She added that it would also provide convenient gateway for improving knowledge, thereby eliminating illiteracy among women and the girl-child in the country.
In his address, FCT Minister, Bala Muhammad, said that the project would afford FCT the opportunity to strengthen capacity in mass literacy.