Treat boys and girls equally in education matters, Kilifi parents told

Muslim parents in Kilifi county have been challenged to take girl child education seriously and treat boys and girls equally in education matters. Speaking during

the 3rd anniversary of Mamsa High School in Malindi sub-county, Ms Nuzla Shaibu from the Governor’s office urged parents to send all their children to school irrespective of their gender. “It is obligatory for both boys and girls to seek knowledge and be treated equally,” said Nuzla. “Discrimination against girls was not Islamic but amounts to ignorance and is a great sin,” she warned. She stressed upon the importance of gender balance in families and communities on matters of education
and other socio-economic development.

Nuzla reminded parents that the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) did not prescribe giving unfair treatment to girls. She noted with regret that some
Muslim parents harbored early marriages tendencies and married off their daughters to receive gifts leading to high number of girls dropping from schools. “It is quite unfortunate that some parents in our community do not recognize their girl-child in matters pertaining to family issues and education,” she said. She told parents to ensure their children including girls get both secular and religious education to afford them a holistic approach to life and warned them from engaging their daughters in early marriage instead of supporting them to complete their education.

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