Save Talents Academy will train very talented girls, teenage mothers and orphans by HIV/AIDS and conflict from 3 very poor communities of Nigeria's conflict-affected Niger Delta Region, in basic education, reproductive health literacy and vocational job skills in arts, sports and sciences; and provide creche for their babies while they learn.
Mass rape of women and girls by militants and security agents in the Niger Delta left many girls pregnant, out of school and forced into early marriage or child labour. Cases of malnutrition, HIV/AIDs and orphanhood were rampant. Teen-mothers often abandon their babies due to limited options. Girls are denied the right to enter male-dominated occupations even when they have the talent. In 2012, peace has returned to the region adjudged the poorest in Nigeria despite its rich oil deposits.
The project will train girls in primary and remedial education, and talent-based skills in creative arts, sports, food processing, textiles designing, and audio-visual productions. It will provide school nutrition and a creche for their babies to free up learning time.
Increase the literacy and skills of 700 girls to escape poverty through self-employment or transition to secondary school; assist 120 babies to improved nutrition and safe care; and transform communities by upholding girls' right to choose their vocations irrespective of gender barriers and by building partnerships across sectors for girls' education and economic freedom in arts, sports and science
Women's Centre for Peace and Development WOPED
Owerri, Imo State - Nigeria