F & R Projects in collaboration with Slum2school recently held an event to commemorate the International Day of the Girl Child, which was observed worldwide on Thursday, October 11, 2018.
The day of the Girls event saw the organisation partner with Slum2School to organise a book reading with over 100 underprivileged school girls between ages 11-16 from schools all around Lagos state.
Girls at the event were opportuned to meet with successful women and some of their favourite female celebrities who read, mentored these girls and handed out ‘back to school’ packs and books provided by the donations of the Patrons, to encourage and facilitate literacy of the girl child. The event also attracted four speakers from other parts of Africa: Uganda, Zimbabwe, Ghana and Senegal.
Mentors/Readers at this event were: Vimbai Muntinhiri – Tv Personality and Producer, Eku Edewor – Tv Personality, Actress and producer, Lehle Baldé – Strategic and partnership lead, Business day. Others were DJ Cuppy: DJ, singer, Imoh Eboh: Nigerian Actress and Curator – World Economic Forum Global Shapers Lagos Hub, Ahprodija: singer/songwriter, Mildred-Peace Ehiguese: Miss Nigeria 2017, Stellah Natumbwe: Miss Uganda 2013 and Idia Aisien: Tv personality and producer.
Organisers say as UNICEF statistics report that over 60% of out-of-school children in Nigeria are girls, statistics go to show the glaring inequality in the welfares of boy and girl children and so necessitates action on the path of well-meaning individuals, who can afford to do more than just speak about these issues.
We commend this project which is funded primarily by the support and donations of corporate and individual patrons with the aim of creating a better world for everyone by actively working to improve the welfare and enforce the human rights of the girl child. Well done.