Nigerian Education initiative for girls wins WISE Award

The Safe Space Club for Girls, by the Centre for Girl-Child Education, is part of the six 2018 WISE Awards Winning Projects

An initiative of the Centre for Girl-Child Education, Safe Space Club for Girls works to increase access to schooling for low income girls, between the ages of 10 to 18, in Northern Nigeria, will officially be awarded the each will receive $20,000 award in New York in September.

Safe Space Club for Girls aims to tackle issues such as low female literacy, early marriage and high maternal mortality, by providing these girls with mentorship, basic academic competencies and critical life skills.

Each year, the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), an initiative of Qatar Foundation, recognise and promote innovative projects from across the world that are addressing global educational challenges, with the WISE Awards. The “Safe Spaces Clubs for Girls” is one of the six winners for 2018.

Habiba Mohammed, Co-director and Team leader of the Centre for Girl-Child Education, said: “We are honored by this WISE Award and the recognition it brings to the Centre for Girls’ Education. The award will allow us to pilot a new preschool safe space program for the most vulnerable girls (ages 3 to 6) in the communities we serve”.

Stavros N. Yiannouka, CEO of WISE, congratulated the winners: “This year we have received 413 applications for the WISE Awards program. The rigorous selection process has succeeded in finding six excellent and innovative projects addressing a diverse mix of educational challenges from around the world. This demonstrates that there are existing global organizations and individuals who share our passion for tackling education challenges with innovative solutions. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our Awards jury members who did a thorough job in evaluating the projects.”

The five other 2018 WISE Awards winners are One Village One Preschool (China), Generation (USA), 1001 Nights Life Skills and Citizenship Education Program (Canada), Technology-Based Deaf Education (Pakistan) and Partners for Possibility (South Africa).

Other pressing educational issues tackled by the 2018 WISE Awards winning projects include early childhood education; the refugee crisis, cultural exchange, citizenship values, youth employment; entrepreneurship in disadvantaged communities, deaf education, enhancing teacher motivation; and stimulating critical and creative thinking.

The Awards winners are evaluated according to strict criteria. They must be established, innovative educational projects that have already demonstrated a transformative impact on the individuals, communities, and society of their context. They also need to be financially stable, have a clear development plan, and be scalable and replicable.

All projects will be celebrated on September 22 at WISE@NY in New York. In addition to publicity and networking opportunities, each will receive $20,000 (US).







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