By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – A Nongovernmental Organization, Empowering Women for Excellence Initiative, (EWEI), at the weekend donated educational materials to students of Government Secondary Schools in Kaduna as part of its Educational Subsidy Programme, (ESP), to support the girl child.
Speaking while presenting the educational materials to the beneficiaries, EWEI Project Officer Communication, Mr. Uche Egbe Brown, said the science text books given to them were carefully selected based on their curriculum in school.
He therefore urged them to go and excel in their academic activities through effective study of the materials so as to make their families and Nigeria proud.
Speaking on behalf of other beneficiaries, 14-year old Jecoliah Audu, JSS II of Government Girls Secondary School, Television, appreciated EWEI for the opportunity given to her and others to get a better life, and promised to study hard to come out top in their exams.
“Besides taking care of our educational financing, and providing the needed learning materials such as these today, EWEI has equally added value to our lives.
“EWEI has also enlightened us on how to set long term goals for a meaningful future,” she added.
A parent of one of the beneficiaries, Mallam Saheed Adamu, said he is glad that his daughter was among the chosen ones.
He commended the NGO for touching the lives of the girl-child in Kaduna state by supporting them to achieve their goals academically for a brighter tomorrow.
Adamu called on other organizations and wealthy individuals in the society who has the means to help someone to do so.
It will be recalled that in October 2018, EWEI
under its Educational Subsidy Programme, (ESP), to support the girl-child education in Kaduna state, selected ten girls from three schools across north and southern part of the state: Government Girls Secondary School, (GGSS) Doka, Government Secondary School, (GSS) Television, and GSS Barnawa.
The girls were selected based on their performance and the following factors; need, ethnicity and religion. Ten successful candidates including six Christians and four Muslims, from different ethic groups across Nigeria were selected for the programme.
The ESP provides subsidies and support for fees, uniforms and books to female students in public secondary schools to promote their retention and completion rates in schools, and is ably supported by Inti Raymi Fund.