10m girls to benefit from int’l educational programme

An international organisation has unveiled plans to reach about 10 million Nigerians with educational empowerment programmes, with the aim to help them learn, lead, decide and thrive.

The Country Director of Plan International, Hussein Abdul at the unveiling of 5-years framework plan for the country and the launch of Girls Get Oil Equal campaign said the international body had set out goals to reach 100 million girls, but Plan International, Nigeria would reach 10 million girls.

He lamented that girls in conflict situation are the hardest reach as they are subjected to sexual violence.

According to him, “the structure of our society automatically excludes women and the exclusion gets worse with time. 

“Therefore our intervention will be responding to these realities in Nigeria through our programmes and our Girls Get Equal campaigns.”

He said, the humanitarian crises faced in the North-east affects mostly girls and women and they need protection from the harsh war realities.

He said they recognize the roles being played both by the federal and state governments and the responsibilities for dealing with the humanitarian crisis we face in this country.

According to him, Plan Nigeria has direct interventions in many states, particularly in the North, as he listed Adamawa, Sokoto and Bauchi as some of the benefiting states.

Also, the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan in his remarks called for more bills to protect women and girls in Nigeria, as he stressed that females across the country would perform better when they get the required support.

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