AHF en­gage’s stake­hold­ers to make schools safe for girls

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - By Ba­mas Vic­to­ria

@ba­masVic­to­ria In com­mem­o­ra­tion of the 2018 day of the girl child, a non­govern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion, Aids Health Foun­da­tion, AHF ral­lied voices and en­gaged stake­hold­ers in a bid to en­sure that girls have right to ed­u­ca­tion in safety and dig­nity.

Ac­cord­ing to the foun­da­tion spokesman, Steve Aborisade, the event which took place in Cross River was done in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the state gov­ern­ment and had in at­ten­dance rel­e­vant stake hold­ers in ad­di­tion to 150 stu­dents drawn from all parts of the state.

Steve in a state­ment ex­plained that the event also served as a plat­form to present prizes to fi­nal­ists of an es­say com­pe­ti­tion in­sti­tuted by AHF in the state.

Young girls had been asked to send in an es­say on “Mak­ing Schools Safe Spa­ces for Girls” with fo­cus on the roles each stake­holder is ex­pected to per­form, he stated.

He added that the win­ners of the com­pe­ti­tion which was in­de­pen­dently scored by pan­elists from the Abuja Writ­ers Fo­rum, AWF won lap­tops and books.

The first prize went to Con­stance Mboto of Gov­ern­ment Sec­ondary School, Cal­abar, While Archi­bong Peace Etim of Gov­ern­ment Sec­ondary School, Hen­shaw and, Bassey Pereka of Model High School were joint sec­ond prize win­ners.

The foun­da­tion’s Coun­try Pro­gram Direc­tor, Dr. Echey Ijezie, said ‘‘AHF be­lieves that through di­a­logue with girls and other stake­hold­ers about girls’ rights, we can learn about what works best to pro­tect them and to create a sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment for their flour­ish­ing.’’

Ac­cord­ing to him, ‘‘the ob­jec­tive of the event is to be able to rally the voices of ev­ery stake­holder, for our girls to have the right to ed­u­ca­tion in safety and dig­nity.

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