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COWAP sends 100 girls back to school in FCT

In commemoration of the 2021 International Day of Girl child, the Coalition of African Women for Peace and Development, COWAP, on Tuesday (October 12, 2021), sent no less than 100 girls back to school in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

The Founder of COWAP, Mr. Kalada Belema Meshack-Hart, said the exercise was part of COWAP's goal to send 10,000 girls back to school across Africa.

"The BACK TO SCHOOL INITIATIVE of COWAP was birthed at the 2021 African Women Summit which held on the 5th and 6th of August at the prestigious Hilton Alhabtoor Hotel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. We are looking forward to sending 10,000 girls back to school across Africa," Mr. Belema Meshack-Hart who is a He For She global ambassador said.

He explained that the rationale for the Back to School Initiative is aimed at identification of vulnerable intelligent girls to support them to complete their primary education. He said the sponsorship of each girl child during the one-year period covers school fees​​​​​, PTA dues, uniforms, books.

The beneficiaries were be selected based on the following criteria; Intelligence, primary/class four (4) and five (5) pupil, enrolled in school and have a parent(s) or guardian struggling to pay her fees, an orphan, belong to a woman headed household (widows, single parent, divorcees), belong to a family of five (5) children or more, have a parent(s) or guardian who is living with disability or is chronically ill.

The beneficiaries were selected from across ten schools. Ten girls from each school. The schools include; LEA Primary School Sabo-Lugbe, LEA Primary School Piwoyi-Lugbe, LEA Primary School Cosa, LEA Primary School Tunga Wakaili-Karasana, LEA Primary School Lugbe, LEA Primary School Pigba-Apo, LEA primary school Gosa, LEA Primary School Ketti-Apo, LEA Primary School Dutse, LEA Primary School Mpape, LEA Nomadic Primary School Karasana.

The BackTo School project for girls is an activity project of COWAP. COWAP is a project under an NGO called Engage, Empower, Educate Initiative, put together with an aim to harness the enormous capacity and goodwill of women in Africa by bringing them under a coalition towards achieving 4 (Four) thematic points, which aligns with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);

• Peace in Africa
• Girl-child education
• Ending hunger in Africa
• Ending poverty in Africa.

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