Referred to as one of the oldest communities in Gombe state, Tumfure community of Akko local government area has seen the good, bad and ugly sides of neglecting girl child education. 

Community members believe that the level of illiteracy amongst the indigenous Fulani of the community is behind the lack of development of the area despite its being few meters away from Gombe metropolis.

Dwellers in the community are said to have learnt from their mistakes of not allowing their children access to western education but the lack of public schools in the community has left many with no choice other than to live uneducated.

A village head in the community Adamu Usman, told Bounce News that they had wanted to send their children to school but the lack of schools in the community has always been the problem.

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He said, “We the community leaders have tried our best to see to the establishment of community primary schools and even recently the northern part of the community established another primary school, but you see primary education is not the matter”.

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In an interview with some out of school children during a visit to the community on the International Day of Girl Child, Bounce News gathered that most children of schooling age want to study but parents’ acceptance is the major problem for them. 

Habiba Umar, a 15 year old girl said all efforts to get her father to enroll her into a school failed.

“My elder sister was in Junior Secondary School (JSS) one when she dropped out and was married out,” Habiba said.

14-year-old Hauwa Tukur Adamu, is another victim. She told Bounce News that she sneaked and followed her friends to school, but her studies ended when it was time to pay for exam fees.

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But it seems help is on the way as a non-governmental organization (NGO), Eagles Advocacy which visited the community to sensitize parents and guardians on the importance of girl child education to the society, promised to champion the establishment a public secondary school in the community.

Coordinator of the NGO, Martha Daniel, said that the community was picked for the sensitization based on the number of rape cases being recorded and lack of school which is physically seen in the community.

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