Ms Damilola Odufuwa, a co-founder of the coalition, made it known in a statement Thursday in Abuja.
Odufuwa stated that the coalition in a virtual meeting on November 23 inaugurated the scholarship project of the Girls’ Education Program of the Feminist Coalition (FEMCO) to promote the rights of girls in the area of education.
“We decided to start the Feminist Coalition Girls’ Education Program, a comprehensive annual scholarship and mentoring program for bright young people from low-income backgrounds in Nigeria, whose biggest barrier to quality education is fice.
“In July 2021, we contacted Teach For Nigeria, a non-profit organization committed to ending educational inequality across the country. Teach for Nigeria was instrumental in selecting the right students for this opportunity.
“Together, we selected 40 students from Ogun State to participate in an entrance exam. Of the 40 students, the top 20 on the exam were selected for an interview.
“We decided to partner with Vivian Fowler Memorial College, Oregun Lagos for the Girls, one of the leading schools for girls in Nigeria, known for offering not only academic guidance, but also a balanced education that enables students to face life and create fulfilling careers. “, said.
She said that of the 20 students who were interviewed, 12 were selected for the Girls’ Education Program of the Feminist Coalition, and would be funded during their high school education at Vivian Fowler Memorial College.
She added that the girls since 9/11 had resumed at Vivian Fowler Memorial College, adding that the scholarship provided by Coalition also covers boarding school fees, co-curricular activities, exam fees and others.
According to Odufuwa, each founding member of the Feminist Coalition is assigned a student and will provide mentoring in the form of a “Big Sister” program, which includes weekly check-in calls with each “little sister.”
He said the coalition aimed to continue sponsoring this first group of girls throughout their six years of high school education, and also to add a new group of girls each year as the program grew.
Odufuwa further stated that the older students would become mentors to the younger ones, creating a network of women to uplift other women in the heyday of the program.
“We know that educating girls and women leads to more stable and healthy communities. Educated women are less likely to die in childbirth and more likely to have healthy, well-nourished children.
“Furthermore, investing in a girl’s education has cascading effects for future generations.
“Countries with higher levels of education for women experience faster economic growth, longer life expectancy, lower population growth and better quality of life,” she said.
She added that the Feminist Coalition was committed to championing the advancement of Nigerian women with a central focus on education, fictitious freedom and representation in public office.
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