The Girl Education Project is an initiative of the Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility and Children’s Rights (“CSR Children”) which was officially launched on June 15, 2014 with a private film screening of the award winning movie Girl Rising and a topical debate on the Girl Child.
The project, a 3 year project, was birthed out of the recent tragic kidnapping of over 276 girls in Borno State, Nigeria and in full empathy of the plight of the girl child in obtaining an education.
The objective of the Girl Education Project is to create a deep awareness of the plight of the girl child in accessing education in a Nigeria and to do that through the power of film and drama. We believe that storytelling through film and drama is a powerful tool for social change and the project will create a platform for Nigerian stories about the girl child coming to film and stage; and stories being performed in our local languages. With the most out of school children in the world, Nigeria deserves its own stories for its daughters and sisters to hold on to for hope and inspiration.
The project will:
Foster public and private sector partnerships to close the gender gaps that currently exist in Nigeria for the girl child
Increase public attention, awareness, engagement and action around the importance of the girl child’s right to education and the need to eliminate gender disparity in education
Mobilize and engage men, women and secondary school students through grassroots community initiatives to take action to address barriers and social norms impeding access to quality education for girls.
Motivate leaders, key stakeholders and other decision-makers to take concrete, positive action to eliminate barriers to girl’s education.