Unveiling RIGE (Raising Indigenous Girls Early)
Raising Indigenous Girls Early (RIGE) is a needs based project, following a survey in April/ May 2020, conducted by the 100 Women Lobby Group( A Nigerian Women’s Right Movement with a mission to promote gender equity, equal opportunity and justice in national governance) and findings show that women and girls are likely to be hit by the hardest as schools are closed around the world.it also reveals that an average of 63% of the participants are within the 10-24 age group reported not having any education support.
This project seeks to educate 1,500 marginalised adolescent girls (10-18years old) across 30 Communities in the 6 LGAs in the FCT, 3 LGAs in Niger and 1 LGA in Nassarawa state on current COVID -19 Pandemic and Post COVID -19 adaptations; Gender Based Violence (GBV), Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM), Puberty, Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection (CVAP), Life skills and functional literacy from August, 2020 – September, 2021. This will also serve as sustainability for its already existing TCF Girls Club in some of its program implementing communities where ENGINE II and ECOSAT program were carried out and other newly identified communities.
The project was officially unveiled on the 14thof October 2020, the Special Guest Of Honor was the NATCOM UNESCO Secretary General Mr Lateef Olagunju .The Mercy Corps Nigeria Country Director, Mr Ndubuisi Anyanwu , the Program Director Mercy Corps Joy Aderele, Mrs Magdalene Anene-Maidoh , an education advocate and consultant as well as representatives of Executive Secretary National Commission For Mass Literacy Adult and Non Formal Education (NMEC), FCT Education Secretariat ,Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB), Department for Mass Education, FIDA , Change Managers International ,National Association For Literacy Support (NOGAALS) and stakeholders from the Community were in attendance.