Save the Children campaigns against early marriage, ignorance of girls' education
Kingsley Mba, October 14, 2018
As part of the programmes to mark this year's International Day of the Girl Child, Save The Children Nigeria in line with its avowed commitments visited Government Secondary School Gwagwalada to celebrate with girls in Junior Secondary education category of the school where the pupils were treated with a wide range of entertaining activities including quiz competitions, presentations and debates.
After the keenly contested quiz competitions, various gift items and advocacy kits were given to the pupils which includes, school bags, crested t-shirts and writing materials among other things.
The pupils who are also members of Save The Children Nigeria's Child Rights Advocacy club with the aim of educating the children of their basic rights and help them achieve their full potentials through increased access to quality education, access to health, good hygiene and various empowerment and protection programmes.
Speaking during the event, the Director of Advocacy and Campaign, Save The Children, Amanuel Mamo stated that the campaign is to provide the necessary supports for children especially the girls to live in safe environment, have access to quality education, acquire skills and be protected against social injustices and gender based violence.
He described girls as the future of any society who deserver to be given necessary support to live and thrive.
"The goal is to support the girls achieve their dreams, get quality education, good nutrition, access to health and good hygiene practices and also empowerment programmes "
This according to him is to end early child marriage, ignorance and other harmful practices which limit the growth and development of girls.
Mamo reiterates the Save The Children commitments towards making the girl child reach the apex of their careers, noting that the girls have hidden potentials which they need to be assisted to actualise as a good number or them wish to be doctors, physicists, astronauts, pilots, engineers etc.
He urged the government to make education especially universal basic education free and also more investment in the sector to enhance the quality of education as well as build capacity of teachers. Also more attention should be directed towards encouraging more female teachers as findings have shown girls are more feel more secured and will to learn with their female teachers.
The piricipal of GSS junior sexodary Gwagwalada, Mr Wazili Ali in his remark commended Save the Children Nigeria for the various initiatives the have championed for the children especially the Child Rights Advocacy Club, a platform which according to him has helped in improving the children academically, socially and in inculcating them a high since of discipline and decency.
Speaking further, he stated that the school as a member of the club has proved to be the best in upholding the ethos and principles set by Save The Children, a remark that threw the pupils into wild jubilations.
It was indeed a potpourri of exciting events as the children actively engaged the visitors with their presentations, and quiz competitions.
Some of them who spoke to journalists expressed their profound gratitude to Save The Children for the opportunities.
One of them, advocate purity Oriaifo, a Senior secondary one student stated being an advocate has exposed her to wide range of knowledge and experience.
Miss Oriaifo noted that she used to dread public speaking as a result of lack of confidence and stage fright but fortunately the platform has helped her to overcome those shortcomings.
She urged her fellow students to key into the various activities in the club and to be fully committed to their education as according to her that is the key to success.
She also pointed out the needs to support girls reach their full potentials as that will help them fight gender base violence and early marriage.
Another pupil Blessing Aneke said her dream is to become a renowned girl child advocate and a lawmaker to sponsor bills in the National Assembly to promotes girl child rights, increase access to education and laws that proffer stiff penalties for child molesters