Girls Education Mission International Hosted Over 40 for International Day of the Girl-Child #IDG2016

Keturah Shammah
Posted December 23, 2016 from Nigeria

October 11th every year is International Day of the girl-child as declared by the United Nation in 2012. The day is set aside to highlight the problems face by girls and promote support for them.

Around the world, more than62 million girlsare not in school, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). As girls grow into adolescence, cultural and familial pressures often make it harder for them to stay in school, though educating women correlates to lower rates of infant mortality, increased GDP, and greater economic security for families.

In honor of the international Day of the girl 2016, Girls Education Mission International in collaboration with Reconciliation Trainers Africa host over 40 girls of Reconciliation Academy for a viewing party of the premier of the CNN film-WE WILL RISE.

WE WILL RISE is a documentary about girls overcoming incredible challenges to achieve their educations and change their own lives, with contributions fromFirst Lady Michelle Obama,Meryl Streep,FreidaPinto, and CNN journalistIsha Sesay.

The event which was held at the Lomay International Hotel Jos has also witnessed a

dynamic interactive session about the topics explored in the film, including content about girls’ education around the world,how girls can victoriously overcome challenges and become agent of change to their families, communities and the world.

. A light refreshment that served all the girls' male counterparts in the school witnessed over 80 boys and girls including both the GEM and RETA team.

Sharing their experiences, most of the expressed in sorrow their terrible experience of seeing how their parents were killed before them and some had to hide with sustained injuries of various kinds. They also narrated how they cope without sponsor for their education.

In response to the girls' experience, the Executive Director of Girls Education Mission International -Mrs Keturah Shammah expressed with a humanitarian heart how her organization will in its own way do all possible best to ensuring that these girls stayed and succeed in school and beyond. One of the major areas Mrs. Shammah emphasized in supporting the girls was the monthly distribution of sanitary pad to the school girls which has been their greatest challenge to them. Keturah also added that, her organization will also partner with Reconciliation Academy to provide skill basic skill acquisition training for the girls.

Facilitators at event Includes :the Girls Education Mission International Executive Director- Mrs. Keturah Shammah, the Executive Director of RETA- Dr. Maren Joseph Sampson, Rev S.D Shammah, Mrs Inji Ishaya, Miss. Itswell Mayaring Ya'u and with cooperative support of all staff of RETA and Reconciliation Academy Jos.

However, Girls Education Mission International is calling on the concerned people of the public to join hands in supporting the girls who at risk of dropping out.

Forinquiryand support, our contacts are:

Address: Ptil Plaza, Opposite Zarmaganda Juction, Dadin Kowa Jos

Email:[email protected]

Phone: 07034879521

Report by

Keturah Shammah

Founder and Executive Director

Girls Education Mission International

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Dec 29, 2016
Dec 29, 2016

Keturah, a very powerful reminder of the status of girls in Nigeria, the rest of Africa and the world as a whole, albeit in different manifestations. A reminder too, to think about girls in other parts of the world especially in refugee situations in South Sudan, in Syria etc.When less than half the girls population in the world is out of school, it is a loud call for action for everyone. Commemorating the day of the girl child is a great opportunity to highlight some of the achievements being made by individuals like you, communities, organisations , states and girls themselves in improving their education, economic status and other freedoms from which communities have sometimes condoned as standard practice. The day of the girl child, like you have articulately mentioned, should also highlight areas that we would wish to do more and should challenge our beliefs, stereotypes and strategies towards achieving gender parity and inclusiveness in our societies. 

Keturah Shammah
Dec 29, 2016
Dec 29, 2016

Dear Lilian,

You said it all! thank you for recognizing the impact of commemorating the day of girl! It is rather unfortunate that the government of Nigeria don't honor this day with seriousness? in the federal 2016  Nigerian budget, 500 million Nigerian Naira was allocated for the International Day of the girl. It was actually  pathetic that all what happened was a press statement. During the presentation of 2017 budget I asked before some of the government ministers about the where about of the money  allocated to the day of the girl and there was no response. We are doing our own part and hope to not relent.

Thanks much with warm regards

Keturah Shammah