If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a family (nation).
-Dr. James Emmanuel Kwegyir-Aggrey (1875-1927)
The Evergreen Lyrics of a True Nigerian Woman still plays in the heart of the people. She sang saying “We are the Future”, “we” here referring to the youths. The best way to predict the Future is by consciously creating it. Increasingly, the world is coming to recognize not only the importance of investing in the lives of the youths but more importantly the girl child. The Girl Child is worth celebrating, the impact of women and young girls all over the world cannot go without mention.
The likes of Zuriel Oduwole, the African Girl Child Ambassador, an Eleven year old Nigerian Girl, the youngest person to be interviewed by Forbes Magazine who has interviewed several Presidents, shows us that the Girl Child can achieve success. Though very young she has greater dreams to be a Writer, Engineer, Sportsman and sometime in the Future she hopes to becomes the President of America. Through her Dream UP, Speak UP, Stand UP Project (DUSUSU) she reaches our to her peers in African Countries, inspiring them to Live their Dreams. We also see girls like Malala Yousafzai who stands up to speak for Education of the Girl Child. She was shot in the head and in the neck, she survived and rather than keeping quiet she decided to take her course more strongly. She was included as one of the “Top 1oo Most Influential People in the world”. Speaking about experience while receiving the award as a Nobel Peace Laurette she said “I did not wait for someone else, I had really two options, one was not to speak and wait to be Killed and the second one was to speak up and then be killed, and I chose the second one because at that time there was terrorism, women were not allowed to go out of their houses because education was totally banned, people were killed, at that time I needed to raise my voice….”.Many women are making tough choices amidst the challenges they have to face everyday. These Girls are taking a stand like the Queen Esther who concluded “If I perish, I Perish”.
At this time as we celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child, the world, irrespective of beliefs and perspectives, need to take more seriously the development of the Girl Child. In Nigeria particularly, Non-Governmental Organizations, Religious Organizations and the Government have taken steps to educate the nation, create awareness of core issues affecting them. Prominent among them is the call to end RAPE. Despite the frequency of the cases, it also serves as a beacon of hope, because it demonstrates the fact that more women and girls are speaking up and making the world know what is going on in their little corner.
Why do we need to SAVE THE FUTURE of the Girl Child?
- She’s got potential.
- She’s got value.
- She’s got a future.
- She is a key player in determining the Future of Nigeria and the world.
Girls must be allowed to go to school, to pursue their dreams and make a Difference in their world. We are in support of the Sustainable Development Goals recently set by the United Nations among which is to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls“-GOAL 5
As we celebrate the International Day of the GIRL CHILD, October 11, we must not forget to pray and hope for the rescue of the abducted girls who have been away from the comfort of their homes and love of their families for over 500 days.
We are doing our part through our GIRL GO FOR IT SEMINARS taking place across secondary schools. We are creating a platform through which young girls can be helped and mentored towards pursuing great dreams.