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Wellbeing Foundation takes Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education to girls across Nigeria on International Day of the Girl Child

As part of events to mark the International Day of the Girl Child on 11th October, the Wellbeing Foundation Africa took its PSHE programme to schools across Lagos, Kwara and Abuja.

Wellbeing Foundation staff reached over 500 girls at His Gloryplus College and Army Cantonment Junior High School in Lagos State, C&S Secondary School, Ilorin, Kwara State, and Government Secondary School, Tudun Wada, Abuja. Special sessions were conducted with female students in line with this year’s theme ‘With Her: A Skilled Girl Force’.

Commemoration of International Day of the Girl Child in Abuja

H.E. Mrs Toyin Ojora Saraki, WBFA Founder-President, commended the education programme:

“As part of our commitment to supporting the United Nations agenda for the Girl Child, we have continued our schools programme across the country, taking lifestyle improvement and skills training to young girls. Our youth team is taking the PSHE and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) project to various schools, where they are teaching young girls about menstrual hygiene, sexual and reproductive health, and transferring skills that will enable these girls to become physically and financially self-sufficient.”

“We are creating safe spaces with the various schools we have worked with, to ensure that these young girls have a forum for expressing themselves and sharing their challenges, so that they can get the right support they need to be empowered. With the appropriate support and partnership, I believe we can take this program to every school in Nigeria.”

Commemoration of International Day of the Girl Child in Lagos

According to reports from the United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF), educating girls has a ‘multiplier effect’. Educated girls are more likely to marry later and have children who will be more likely to survive and to be better nourished and educated. Educated women are more productive at home and better paid in the workplace, and more able to participate in social, economic and political decision-making.

The education programme will continue on Monday 15th October, as the Wellbeing Foundation Africa marks Global Handwashing Day. In partnership with Unilever's Lifebuoy, the WBFA will be teaching children in Command Primary School, 9 Brigade Primary School, Brigade Primary School and Army Children Senior High School on the World Health Organization technique of hand washing, an important activity that must frequently be undertaken to curb the spread of diseases.

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