Girls Beyond Reach Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organization, otherwise known as Daddy’s Girls has offered scholarships to girls resident in Angwan-Shao, Karimo, a slum in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja.
The Director Finance of the Foundation, Mrs Olamide Afolabi opined that the gesture was part of activities to mark the International Day of the Girl Child.
Recall that Oct. 11 each year is observed to support more opportunity for girls and increase awareness of gender inequality faced by girls worldwide based upon their gender.
Afolabi said that a total of N2 million in educational scholarships was awarded to these deserving candidates, ensuring they have the opportunity to pursue their dreams and overcome the socio-economic challenges that often hinder their progress.
She said that each girl was awarded N150, 000 per session over a period of four to five years depending on their course of study.
“We have seen a gap in the education of the girl-child and we are doing our best to fill up that gap.
“The scholarship is offered to three girls in Karimo, Abuja for now because that is how much money we can afford, we wouldn’t like to drop some along the way because of funds.
“Three of the girls would get N150, 000 per session and it would run for four years or five years based on their course of study.”
Director of Operations for the Foundation, Miss Temitope Omogbolagun said that the scholarship was pursuant to the Foundation’s commitment to breaking the cycle of poverty through education.
She said: “According to UNICEF, in Nigeria, out of over 10 million children in Nigeria who are out of school, 60 percent of them are girls. This is the gap we are looking forward to bridge.
“Beyond that, we believe that education is the cornerstone of a brighter future. By investing in these girls, we are not only transforming their lives but also contributing to the progress of our society as a whole.