The Rotary Club of Awka Urban, District 9142, Nigeria, led by Ogochukwu Ilochi, PHF, recently embarked on a Girl Child Empowerment cum Basic Education and Literacy project in Anambra State.
Speaking to Newsmen in Awka, the Assistant Governor, Zone 10, Rtn Joan Olachi Emegoakor, said the project was geared towards getting a very intelligent young girl out of Child Labour that exposed children to physical, psychological or sexual abuse.
She noted that the empowering of Girl’s Initiative was one of the Rotaryisgood Initiative for Rotary Year 2021-2022.
‘In prioritizing projects that improve the health, well-being, education and economic security of girls in their communities and around the world, we took a strong commitment to assist this poor family (The Ugwuodos) by taking their daughter off the hazardous terrain which she is constantly being exposed to and back to school (secondary education),’ she said.
According to her, the club had given her a full scholarship for six years of study at Girls’ Secondary School, Awka, noting that the scholarship covered her tuition fees, uniforms, writing materials and recommended textbooks for the entire duration of her study.
Those in attendance to mark the epoch-making event were the Principal, Lady Wini Ibezim; Mr & Mrs Ugwuodo, parents of Miss Oluchukwu Clementina Ugwuodo; and some teaching and non-teaching staff members of the school.
Rtn. Emegoakor said the on-going project started with the first term this September, 2021, and which would culminate after she sat for the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination, as well as the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), respectively in 2026.
Meanwhile, the Rotary Club of Awka Urban in collaboration with Transforming Ajegunle Projects Group in this month of Basic Education and Literacy, has donated some materials to the Children’s Library in Ajegunle, Lagos State.
Speaking on the Ajegunle projects, Grace Chi Nkwocha said it was to enable the children to feel at home at the library and engage in more meaningful activities, stating that they hoped that the donations would help make every library experience memorable, sustain their interest and help them develop focus, discipline and critical thinking.
‘To these children in Ajegunle, Lagos State, a library is more than just a place to read; it is a learning centre where education inequality gap is bridged. A place where the love for reading is restored. A place where children can find themselves and make reference to as instrumental to their becoming better citizens. A place where community culture is reshaped,’ she concluded