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Girls and Women participate in International Day of the Girl events in Pampaida, Nigeria

Posted Fri Oct 16, 2015 by Adamu Bulama & Tara Stafford

In celebration of International Day of the Girl, the Millennium Villages Project (MVP) Education team organized a series of community events to showcase the great academic achievements of girls, and also to spread awareness in the community for the importance of girls' education. Activities of the day included:

Mothers Forum
This activity was conducted to sensitize mothers in the community on the importance of girls’ education. Two female lecturers from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria were invited to facilitate the discussion during the forum. Attendees included 423 mothers from various settlements, village heads and religious leaders as well as the MVP and district officials.

Drama Presentation
A short drama was presented by the female students from Pampaida and Saulawa Secondary Schools highlighting the importance of girls’ education.   

Debate
There was a debate between boys and girls on why both female and male doctors are important. At the end of the debate, the girls who defended a motion on the importance of female doctors won the debate.

Quiz Competition
There was a quiz competition on core secondary subjects (English, Mathematics, Social Studies and Integrated Science) among the CTL scholars.  

Speeches
There were also speeches from individuals delivered at the occasion on the importance of girls’ education. Notable among the speakers were the Project Team Leader, the Education Secretary of the Ikara Local Government Authority and the Principal Saulawa Secondary School.

Award Presentation
Prizes and awards were finally presented to the winners of the debate, quiz competition and female students identified by the schools’ heads as having outstanding academic performance and attendance.