Onitsha, Oct. 16, 2021 (MOI) The strength, health and empowerment of the girl-child has been viewed as a matter for every single day of the year.In a message on the 2021 International Day of the Girl-Child Day at the Irene Menakaya School, Onitsha, in special consultative status with the UN Secretary General, Mr Antonio Gutierrez, describes the event as an opportunity to recommit to the global imperative.Gutierrez in the message delivered by Mrs Ogechukwu Muoneke of the Irene Menakaya, school, Onitsha emphasised that today’s girls were part of a digital generation.He noted that it was the responsibility of the society to help to address the obstacles that the girl child faced in the digital space.While calling for empowerment of the girl child for the overall benefit of the society, Mr Gutierrez assured the UN’s commitment toward working with girls for the fulfilment or their potential.In her own message delivered by Mrs Onyinye Ejiofor, also from Irene Menakaya school, Dr Ada JUNI Okika said that girls should be given the opportunity to key into the digital space, especially in the face of the present day realities.“We need the digital world to expose girls to technology, teach health, social relationships, and peer exchange education.In her speech delivered by the Executive Director, Irene Menakaya school, Mrs Christie Chukwukelu, the president, AFP Acess 1st Project Inc., Dr Amaka Stephanie Ngene expressed delight at the choice of Irene Menakaya school, Onitsha as venue for the commemoration.While observing that the COVID-19 pandemic ushered into the generation a new normal that revolved around technology and digital education, Dr Ngene called for a new human ecology to continue to maintain the human race and continuity.“Our girl’s generation and future especially in the post COVID-19 recovery are driving us to the digital World.’’The Onitsha Zonal Education Officer, Mrs G N David-Ihediuche while flagging-off the event emphasised the need for adequate protection and security of the girl-child to enable her to grow into a complete woman.Mrs David-Ihediuche described the topic for the year’s celebration: “The Digital Girl’’as relevant to the present day realities, urging the management of Irene Menakaya school, Onitsha, to ensure that the school’s ICT Centre is always functional to prepare the girls for the digital space’’.Executive Director of the school, Mrs Chukwukelu in an interview said she was delighted at the choice of Irene Menakaya School as venue for the commemoration, assuring that the school would continue to do its best in bringing out meaningful adults into the society.Every Oct. 11 is annually set aside by the UN to mark the International Day of the girl-child.Relevant issues are discussed each year but this year’s commemoration appears different as efforts were geared toward building back for a sustainable World in consideration for recoveries arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The school is of those affiliated to the UN and the event was marked within the school’s premises on Oct. 14 at Onitsha. (MOI)TON

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