Teenage girls account for 60% of Nigeria’s secondary school age children not currently in school. That number can be significantly higher in rural areas.
Due to their lack of resources, many parents are forced to choose which, if any, of their children receive secondary education; this frequently operates to the detriment of girls in particular.
We have a variety of dedicated programmes to support girls’ education, including an equal number of scholarships and bursaries available for girls and boys. Mercy Peters, our dedicated Student Liaison Officer, mentors and supports female students by teaching them about their bodies, appropriate relationships and even basic self-defence. The provision of sanitary products and proper toilet blocks enable older girls to attend school every day, every month. These basic additions to the existing curriculum have brought forth impressive gains in academic achievement by girls.