- Over 200 female primary school pupils are set to benefit from life and leadership skills training
- The event is in commemoration of the International Day of the Girl
- The theme for this year's International Day of the Girl is, Girl Force: Unscripted and unstoppable
In commemoration of the International Day of the Girl, Skills Outside School Foundation (SOSF) has concluded plans to train over 200 female primary school pupils on life and leadership skills.
The SOSF is partnering with the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), Department for International Development (DFID) and Plan International to carry out the project.
Students who would benefit from the initiative are drawn from the Federal Capital Territory and Kano state during the Girls for Girls Conference, running from Monday, October 7 to Friday, October 11.
The theme for this year's International Day of the Girl is, Girl Force: Unscripted and unstoppable.
“With over 200 participants in both states, the aim of this training is to build self-consciousness in the girls and empower them with 21st century skills for global relevance through break out and practical sessions revolving around communication, critical thinking, teamwork, leadership and employability,” a statement from SOSF media officer, Angela Umoru noted.
SOSF senior program manager, Maureen Chukwuemeka says, “As a partner in this year's celebration, we are glad that we have the opportunity to impart relevant skills to these young girls.
“Considering the pivotal role that women play in society, it is urgent that we empower girls for a brighter future.
“According to UNICEF statistics, about 50% of Northern girl-children are out of school, especially those of primary school age.
“This is why conferences such as this one, are important but beyond that, the demand for those who can proffer innovative solutions is on the rise. Hence, the need to equip these girls with 21st-century leadership and life skills.”
The conference as a whole features sessions which include, overcoming distractions in school and being focused, overcoming challenges and living for a brighter tomorrow, building self-esteem, self-control and keeping safe in our environment among others.
The expected outcomes include clear communication on improved attention to the education of Nigerian girls and more girls are able to get access to education.
The conference will culminate in a rally to be held in Abuja on Friday, October 11 under the leadership of Pauline Tallen, minister of women affairs.
SOSF is an education, employability and enterprise not-for-profit that builds the human capital that helps prepare youths and young adults for the future and global economy.
Meanwhile, minister of education, Adamu Adamu has revealed that public schools teachers would be given 1GB (Gigabyte) data free to enable them to access and browse the internet on a regular basis.
He said the ministry was working with the Nigerian Communications Commission and other stakeholders to provide at least 1GB of data free to each public school teacher to surf the web and obtain educational materials.