By Gambo Jagindi
March 11, 2020
NGO solicits increased support for education of vulnerable girl-child
An NGO GAIN Africa Community Initiative, has called for increased support for the education of the vulnerable girl-child in the society.
Mr Julius Ogakwu Executive Director, Gain Africa, made the call during the unveiling of an educational project by the organisation in Abuja.
The project aims at providing counselling and material support to the girl-child.
The event, which was held on Tuesday at the Government Secondary School Sheda, Kwali Area Council of the FCT, was tagged: Girl Child Education, a pathway to meaningful societal development”.
According to Ogakwu, the NGO is building a network and partnership across Nigeria to ensure that the most vulnerable girl-child in the society receives the educational support and encouragement she deserves.
He said: “If you train a male child you have trained an individual, but if you train a girl-child ,then you have succeeded in training a nation.”
The Executive Director urged well meaning individuals, philanthropists and the wealthy, to support the educational development of the vulnerable girl-child in order to enhance societal growth.
Mrs Nefisah Kote, Gender officer, FCT Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB), encouraged the students to take their studies seriously.
Kote described ducation as a vital tool for sustainable development; stressing that with quality education, anything was achievable irrespective of one’s status.
Mrs Titilayo Ayeni, Principal Government Secondary School Sheda, Kwali, Abuja, expressed gratitude to the NGO for choosing the school for the project.
Mrs Ojonugwa Yahaya, Programme Officer, Gain Africa, sensitised the female students on Menstral Hygiene and general Sanitation.
Yahaya said what inspired her to join Gain Africa was her passion for children and community development; and the NGO had given her that opportunity and platform to give back to the society.
High point of the event was the presentation of uniforms, School sandals and text books to the most vulnerable students of the school by members of Gain Africa community Initiative.