Build the Agency of 150 Adolescent Girls and Women

by Education as a Vaccine
Build the Agency of 150 Adolescent Girls and Women
Jun 15, 2021

Removing the barriers to education for girls

Monitoring visit to see beneficiaries
Monitoring visit to see beneficiaries

Yes you made it happen! With your generous support, we have successfully procured and are in the process of distributing exercise books and other scholarly materials including school bags and footwears to 80 adolescent girls from communities in Rido, Nassarawa and Kudenda districts in Kaduna State. School closures as a result of the pandemic although necessary brought significant disruptions to education. The failure from the government to produce policy measures to mitigate the impact on education through ensuring access to digital learning as an alternative method to physical teaching especially for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in the society worsened an already bad situation and placed girls from vulnerable household without access to learning and placed them at risk of never continuing school. To mitigate the likelihood of young girls not returning back to school post closures, we embarked on intensive sensitization campaigns in communities emphasizing the importance of girleducation and the need to prioritize girls return to school despite the challenges the pandemic had caused.

In addition to engaging directly with young girls, we also engaged with their parents and guardians on the importance of education and the need to make returning back to school post pandemic as much a priority for girls as it is for boys. In the course of our awareness campaigns, we recorded over 100 individuals who pledged their commitment to re-enroll their girls. We also identified 129 young girls who had discontinued learning for various reasons such as lack of funds to pay the levies that were being charged even though education is meant to be free for indigenous girls.  Belinda is one of such girls. Her father was a factory worker and her mother, a petty trader. Both became temporarily unemployed due to the lock down. With no other way to cater for his 5 children and his wife, Belinda’s Father had to spend the money he had set aside for her external examination fees that will earn her the Secondary School Leaving Certificate that she would need to proceed to a tertiary institution. As a result, she was unable to write the qualifying examinations. “I do not blame my father, I know he loves me and will find a way soon” Belinda says with a hopeful voice. Unfortunately, almost one full year later and her Father has been unable to re-enroll her back into school. Thanks to the generous gifts and support from our donors, Belinda will be also be registering to sit for the examination as soon as registrations for the next examination begins. She will also get the funds to enroll in tutorship classes to bring her back to speed after taking time off.

Also, remember Aisha who was forcefully betrothed and Maryam who didn’t think she was good enough for formal education from our last report? Thanks to your generous gifts, we are able to keep track of their progress in school and continue to provide support. Truly, it is outcomes like these that motivate and encourage us to continue and donations like yours put smile on the faces of adolescent girls. Thank you for your support.

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Education as a Vaccine

Location: Abuja, FCT - Nigeria
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Twitter: @EVA_Nigeria
Project Leader:
Chinelo Frank
Abuja, FCT Nigeria
$6,403 raised of $10,000 goal
 
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