"There is no more valuable investment than in a girl's education." — Ban Ki-moon, Eight Secretary-General of the United Nations.
International Day of the Girl was established by the United Nations in 2012. It addresses the needs and challenges that girls face around the world; promoting empowerment, education, and employment skills, alongside the attainment of basic human rights.
The 2018 theme is "With Her: A Skilled GirlForce", and it focuses on properly equipping and training the 600 million adolescent girls who will enter the workforce within the next decade.
Nigeria is evolving when it comes to girl child education as one of our own, Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin a Computer programmer has introduced GirlsCoding, a free programme run by her foundation, Pearls Africa Foundation. GirlsCoding educates and excites girls about computer and trains them in user interface design, animation and programming.
This GirlsCoding program reaches out to girls from slums, internally displaced camps, orphanages and correctional homes. It aims to enable the girls become leaders and change agents by introducing them to a platform to code towards a purpose and solve problems relating to what they see.
The girls are working on a project called ‘Break the Blade’, which is all about stopping female genital mutilation. Their focus is on a wrist band that can alert the authorities when female genital mutilation is about to take place.
GirlsCoding is expanding into different states in Nigeria, but hopes to have an institution called Girls Village, a residential programme that would provide all types of training for young girls.
Its goal is to add 20,000 new female computer programmers to Nigeria’s tech industry by 2020.