Tuesday, October 11, 2016 – Strong Enough Girls’ Empowerment Initiative (SEGEI) has launched a scholarship program to support Nigerian girls to attain a University education. The launch coincides with the 4th annual International Day of the Girl Child; a global day of advocacy dedicated to highlighting the achievements and challenges of the girl child. The theme for this year is “Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: A Global Girl Data Movement” and calls for action to address gaps in girl-focused data collection and analysis.
The challenge of girls’ education in Nigeria is a serious and urgent matter that requires proactive and collective solutions. Financial constraints make it impossible for many girls to advance in their education. Half of the female population in Nigeria is illiterate. While some progress has been made in providing access to education, financial barriers still hinder girls from completing secondary school. Tuition and other fees prevent girls from pursuing advanced degrees, especially in light of societal preference for male-child education.
This need and merit-based Scholarship Program identifies promising female students around Nigeria and supports them with funds to attend university. Recipients of the scholarship will also be provided mentorship and leadership opportunities to enable them thrive. Mentorship is a critical aspect of the scholarship program because girls need life skills to help them believe in their capabilities and to overcome challenges associated with higher education.
The SEGEI scholarship program will reduce financial barriers to girls’ education and empower young women to embrace and utilize their intellectual talents for a better life and stronger world. An educated girl is an empowered girl.
Strong Enough Girls’ Empowerment Initiative (SEGEI) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to helping girls and women in low-resource settings find their voices, access resources, and use their talents to thrive.
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