October 11 of every year has been set aside by the United Nations to mark International Girl Child Day, in celebrating this year, Civil Society Action Coalition on Education For All (CSACEFA) in collaboration with Connected Development (CODE) and other Civil Society Organisations seeking education as one fundamental human rights for all Nigerians have put together a mentorship programme tagged “Stand Up For Girl”.
The programme which aims at mobilizing women, men, boys and girls to advocate for every girl’s right to tell her story to change the world.
According to Chioma, Policy Advisor, CSACEFA, “Our major goal is seeing vulnerable young girls, with bright future ahead of them getting access to quality education and be inspired to be great in whatever career path they have chosen, therefore with “Stand up for the Girls” campaign we bring women who have been confronted with one challenges or the other and how they scaled through to be become successful in their chosen field of endeavour ”
“Stand up for Girls Campaign is to help the society at large to understand the impact of motivating, inspiring and mentoring young girls who would have loved to be in school rather than been on street hawking, or engaging in child labour or send off into early marriage that may bring untold lifetime trauma in their lives” said Ojonwa Miachi, Policy Advisor, Connected Development.
Successful women and women leaders selected based on their impacts and contribution to the society and education in Nigeria such as Chioma Osuji, Farida Yahyah, Stephanie Apel, Mrs Nemat Abdulahi, Deputy Director, FCT Education Resource Centre were present at the programme to inspire the young girls with their sucess stories.
Stephanie Apel, an award wining Tiv actress, who came to motivate young girls at the event shared her personal experience of how she rose from an ordinary girl like them to become one of the celebrated actresses in the country.