In an effort to ensure girl child education and women empowerment in Nigeria, a non- governmental organisation, Centre for Gender Equality, Education and Empowerment (CGEEE) over the weekend in Abuja hosted an annual fund raising dinner to seek support for beneficiaries of CGEEE Scholarship Initiative (CSI).
According to the organisation, CSI was launched to target young girls from rural communities, orphanages and internally displaced persons in IDPs camps to provide scholarships which covers; tuition, books and welfare including medicals, transportation, feeding, clothing and other incidentals.
The founder/host , Barrister Timipre Wolo in her address said the rationale behind providing a comprehensive scholarship programme is to ensure that the girls remain in school, having become victims of circumstances they had no control over. She said that it is sad to note that these young girls who should ordinarily be in school are actually assigned the responsibilities of fending for themselves.
She maintained that education is a vital tool for sustainable development and that with quality education; anything is achievable irrespective of a person’s status at birth.