SWAG Education Project (SWAGEP)
The number of children not in school in Nigeria is claimed to be between 18.5 to 20 million, and 2 out of every 3 out-of-school children in Nigeria is a girl, making up 62% of the number of out-of-school children. This reality is partly a product of the civil unrest and crisis plaguing North East Nigeria, resulting in over 2.8 children out of school. As a result, 2.8 million children in the area are in need of education, with 75 percent of children in IDP camps not attending school. This educational crisis can no longer be dismissed or overlooked, in light of the rising poverty, insecurity, health decline and malnutrition.
To address this crisis, Stand With A Girl (SWAG) Initiative created the Stand With A Girl Education Project, a project that intends to increase the number of Internally Displaced girls in school by 1000 in three (3) years, as well as push for community ownership of the necessity for girl child education through advocacy. The premise upon which the project is built is that to solve the educational crisis, we have to start with ‘one village, one school and one girl at a time’, in the hopes that this would translate to informed decision making and invariably, a reduction in child marriage, poverty and maternal and child mortality as well as national development.
Goal: To foster informed decision making ability of young girls using education as a tool.
To increase the number of out-of-school girls in Nigeria by 1000.
To create a platform for communal support in the education of out-of-school girls.
To promote community participation in the education of out-of-school girls.
As we continue our efforts to secure funding and donations for the SWAG Education project to send more adolescent Girls from Internally displaced persons camp back to school; the organization has established a mentorship program called SWAG SAFE SPACE at the Wassa Internally Displaced Persons Camp, which currently consists of ten (10) girls who are participating in the first cohort of this mentorship program, focusing on numeracy, literacy, and life skills. This six-month training program aims to equip the girls with the necessary skills for a smoother transition into school by September 2023.
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