(News Investigators)/ Educating Nigerians Girls in New Enterprises II, a National Youth Service Corps Community Development Service, has given scholarships to 22 female students in public schools across the FCT.
ENGINE II CDS, Rita Alo, Coordinator, disclosed this at the CDS’ 2019 Biennial Seminar themed “Exploiting the Potential of the Girl Child” in Abuja.
Mrs. Alo said the scholarship programme was introduced in 2017, as a way to enhance the girl-child education by ensuring they remain in school and those out of school be brought back to school.
She added that they have been able to sponsor 144 girls throughout their secondary school education and aim to sponsor an additional 22.
“Education is the bedrock of development, the foundation upon which creativity and innovation is built.
“Girl-child education not only increases the purchasing power of women and girls, it also develops their mental, social, political and physical attributes.
“Equipping them to make better informed choices that would be beneficial to themselves, their families and the society at large is important.
“The scholarship programme was introduced in 2017 when it was seen as a way forward to enhance the girl-child education by ensuring girls remain in school and those out of school are brought back to school.
“From inception, we have been able to sponsor 144 girls throughout their secondary school education; today, we aim to sponsor an additional 22 girls,” Alo said.
She also appreciated those who donated funds and worked tirelessly for the success of the programme.
Coordinator, NYSC FCT, Hajiya Walida Isa, represented by Director, CDS, NYSC Headquarters, Joy Haruna, advised the girls who were given the scholarships to ensure they do well like they did during the examination done to select them.
She appreciated the schools that allowed NYSC to work with them and also appealed that more schools be open to these programmes that will benefit the children.
She also encouraged the youth corps members to continue impacting in the lives of the girl-child and giving back to the society.
Founder of Tabitha Cumi Foundation, Adetayo Erinle, said cultural norms and practices, violence, poverty, policies and household duties are limitations for the girl-child.
Mrs. Erinle said that there should be a continuous sensitization in the grassroots which would change the perception of the people that will make a difference in the lives of the girl-child.
Uche-Ewule Gift, a corps member in the CDS said she felt fulfilled doing this for the girls and believes that her colleagues also felt the same way.(NAN)