Girls 18-24 from the North, South, East and West Nigeria from lower middle class backgrounds, or due to losing their homes from bomb blasts, terrorism and feuds, are unable to continue or afford their studies. Some fathers have lost their jobs or if they have limited funds will educate only the sons. There's a market shortage of jobs and discouragement from hiring women for the few spots as men have to support a family. We seek to increase women's representation in influential media positions.
As spearheaded by Nigerian poet Juliet Kego Ume-Onyido, Educate a Girl Nigeria funds an intensive vocational training in media studies in partnership with British Council & leading global and local journalists, with supplemental training in professionalism & grooming to produce trained journalists across Nigeria with heads up/cutting edge in the tight job market. This programme is enabling women to have a voice in the media. Juliet is hoping to engage young girls who escaped from the kidnapping
We are actively engaged in educating, grooming, mentoring and placing these girls in the job market, both in radio/tv/print journalism and PR/social media bloggers for multi-nationals/corporates. This project is helping women get and keep jobs and then create a system to hire others. We are reminding girls they have a voice, giving them a platform for that voice to be heard and the freedom to say whatever they want. We are bringing together Nigerian deserving girls from different ethnicities.