With AREAi’s commitment to training and creating opportunities for girls to learn and be included in social transformation through access to quality education,it was a memorable experience joining forces with Ladies Circle International to celebrate the 2016 International Women’s Day with her annual debate and quiz competition for primary and secondary school girls in Ife Central, Osun state, Nigeria on 5th of March 2016 with over 100 young women in attendance.
Founded by a young passionate girls right advocate Ayodeji Hussainat Bello,Ladies Circle International is a pro girl organization focused on women empowerment with a vision to bring out the abilities of the girl child across the world, make her understand her worth and help her maximize her potentials.
AREAi was represented at this event by Sanni Zainab and myself. While delivering my speech, I emphasized on the need to promote quality education for girls, celebrate the feminine gender and foster synergy amongst schools which will be a collaborative effort of all stakeholders in our bid to Reshape the Quality Education in Africa. As also stressed,in our pursuit for social and economic development,women continue to deliver,proffering solutions to many of the world’s societal,economic and environmental challenges. This is testamentary to the belief that education gives people,especially girls an opportunity to learn and improve their abilities to function better and contribute to the development of the nation at large.
Judging alongside Amb. Prosper Eneugu Pocar Lee ,an International Goodwill&Peace Ambassador and Similoluwa Ayoola,Female Chairman Moot and Mock from the Faculty of Law,Obafemi Awolowo University,Ile-Ife and hearing the girls speak and defend their opinions on varying topics such as “Gender equality births better economy”,Child marriage, a route to independence”,Women Labour Force Participation, a plus to Nigeria’s economy” during the debate session left me in great amazement as they dazzled us with their intellectual capabilities. They left the stage and left me with a conviction that indeed “educating a girl child will not only help her recognise her rights, but will further empower her to fight for herself as well as others around her”
With other side attractions like Dance Competition amidst the judges, teachers and students,there’s nothing more fulfilling than seeing the joy on the faces of these beautiful kids. This is one of those moments when its glaring that many of Africa’s developmental challenges can and will be addressed by investing in innovative and quality education,particularly that of the girl child.
Its 2016 International Women’s Day,i take my stance again to reiterate my commitment to girls education.
Happy International Women’s Day from all of us at Aid for Rural Education Access Initiative (AREAi) and Ladies Circle International.
Prince Olanrewaju Gideon Seun
Aid for Rural Education Access Initiative (AREAi)