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U.S. committed to girls’ education in Nigeria - Kerry

APA-Abuja (Nigeria)

The U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, on Wednesday expressed the United States readiness to support and enhance girls' education in Nigeria.

Kerry was speaking at a closed door meeting with some Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) girls and other gifted girls groups at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja. STEM is a U.S. programme aimed at encouraging girls’ education in science and technology. Others at the meeting include ``opportunity students” under the U.S Scholarship Programme, Violere group. Kerry expressed concern that there were many girls without the opportunity of going to school while many others are forced into early marriage in Nigeria. He said that U.S was ready to work with Nigeria to help girls acquire better education. ``So we are working very hard to empower girls through education so that they would be able to make their choices. ``Now we want to see how we can all together work to empower everybody on their own to make their choice” Kerry said. The US official also commended girls for their courage to make choices in science and technology with math. ``I salute your courage and your vision for your commitment on education, we want to work with you,” he told the girls he met at the meeting. The U.S. Secretary of State however challenged them to still work hard so as to benefit from the opportunities provided for them to acquire better education. He stressed that it was only hard work that could make them better individuals.

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