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April 23, 2024
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NGOs advocate for girl-child education, distribute sanitary pads in Nasarawa

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By Aderogba George

Abuja-based Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), FAB Treasure Foundation, and the Girl Force Movement collaborated to emphasise the significance of educating the girl-child during a one-day sensitisation event at Government Secondary School, Masaka in Nasarawa State.

Hosted by Miss Abigail Festus, the founder of FAB Treasure Foundation, the event, reported by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), aimed to mark the 2024 International Day of Education, annually celebrated on January 24 to promote awareness about the importance of education.

Festus, a Menstrual Health and Hygiene Advocate, highlighted the objectives of the awareness campaign, focusing on empowering young girls to embrace education.

She addressed challenges such as period poverty and the lack of access to sanitary pads during monthly menstruation, stressing that addressing these issues is crucial for encouraging girl-child education.

“This project ensures access to free sanitary pads, a critical component in liberating girls from the stigma and challenges associated with menstruation, allowing them to attend school regularly without interruption,” Abigail explained.

Keynote speaker Jimiruna Leonard, a personal and organisational growth strategist, underscored the paramount importance of education, reassuring the girls that it is not just a pathway but a key to unlocking future possibilities.

Leonard encouraged the female students to believe in themselves and strive to achieve their aspirations.

Esther Muyiwa, a Public Speaking Consultant and one of the panelists, advised the students to secure mentors who can guide them in distinguishing between right and wrong, truth and falsehood.

Another panelist, Mrs Chinyere Benedict, a Girl Child Advocate, provided insights on maintaining a hygienic lifestyle.

The NGOs distributed sanitary pads to 500 female students of the school, aiming not only to address immediate hygiene needs but also to contribute to a conducive learning environment, allowing girls to focus on their education without worries. (NAN)


Edited by Abiemwense Moru/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu

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