Coalition offers scholarship to 70 girls

Coalition offers scholarship to 70 girls

A group under the aegis of Feminist Coalition, has announced its desire to sponsor 70 girls through secondary school over a period of six years.

This is as the group also decried the high rate of out-of-school girls in the country.

The group made its stance known in a statement it issued ahead of the virtual inauguration of the programme.

In the statement titled, “The Feminist Coalition Girls Education Programme,’ the Co-founder, Damilola Odufuwa, said her group believed girls have the right to access quality education.

She said, “The Feminist Coalition believes it is every girl’s right to access quality education. Women’s rights & safety is one of three pillars of our work and, undoubtedly, girls’ education is a space we are committed to working within, for the protection and advancement of Nigerian women.

“This is why we decided to start the Feminist Coalition Girls Education Programme. An annual full scholarship and mentorship programme for brilliant young girls from low-income backgrounds in Nigeria, whose largest barrier to quality education is financial.

“In July 2021, we reached out to Teach For Nigeria, a non-profit organisation committed to ending educational inequity across the country. Teach for Nigeria was integral in selecting the right students for this opportunity. Together, we shortlisted 40 students from Ogun State to participate in an entrance examination.

“Of the 40 students, the top 20 from the examination were selected for an interview with members of the Feminist Coalition and our chosen school for the Girls Education Program. We decided to partner with Vivian Fowler Memorial College for Girls, one of the leading all-girls schools in Nigeria, known to offer not just academic guidance to their students, but also a balanced education that enables students to cope with life and create fulfilling careers.

“Of the 20 students who were interviewed, 12 were selected for the Feminist Coalition Girls Education Program, and we will now fund their entire secondary school education at Vivian Fowler Memorial College for Girls.

“With support from members of the Feminist Coalition and our incredible volunteers, the 12 girls resumed at Vivian Fowler Memorial College on September 11, 2021. The scholarship provided by the Feminist Coalition not only includes full tuition payments, but also covers the boarding house fees, co-curricular activities, examination fees and other necessary  school requirements and logistics.”

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