BUY A NOTEBOOK: SAVE A GIRL CHILD EDUCATION IN NIGERIA
What if every notebook you bought was connected to a cause or a need bigger than you and I? What if every page you wrote on improved the world around it? Imagine not just another notebook, but a deliberate action — every time you buy a notebook, a female primary school pupil gets sponsored with a textbook.
By getting this notebook, you can touch lives locally and nationally. You literally change the world with your education and in your classroom. And that’s just the beginning. The unique design transforms the notebook project into a creative work that ignites the imagination and fosters communion.
In 2013, according to the National Demographic Health Survey, about 20 million adolescent girls live in Nigeria and there is a very low literacy rate among them, especially those in the lowest wealth quintiles of the society. Over 5.5 million girls are out of school (UNESCO, 2014).
According to UNICEF, “When children are denied opportunity for education, not only are their lives shattered, the future of the nation is stolen”
“Adolescent girls should be empowered through deliberate policies to transform their lives and those around them. Young girls who are educated are better placed to improve their own and their children’s health and chances of survival and boost their work prospects” – Jean Gough, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria.
According to UNICEF, “When children are denied the opportunity for education, not only are their lives shattered, the future of the nation is stolen”.
“Adolescent girls should be empowered through deliberate policies to transform their lives and those around them. Young girls who are educated are better placed to improve their own and their children’s health and chances of survival and boost their work prospects” — Jean Gough, UNICEF Representative in Nigeria.
“If we make the education of our girls a priority, we make the girls knowledgeable family planners, more competent mothers, more productive as better-paid workers, informed citizens, confident individuals and skillful decision makers” —Ms. Hadiza Bala-Usman, Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority.
Drop-out rates are highest at the sixth grade of primary school and higher among girls than boys (NPC, 2009).
The Save-a-Girl-Child Project is an initiative of Pendical’s that aims to promote the education of 500 female children in primary school pupils in Ibadan. It plans to achieve this by supplying them with enabling materials such as textbooks and stationery needed for maximal learning. In the long term, PENDICAL would, insofar as it is able to, follow up these girls through their secondary education with the aim of giving them a much better chance to get into tertiary institution.
This project is Pendical’s contribution towards achieving SDG 4 — Quality Education. The long-term goal is to ensure necessary textbooks are available in all public schools in Nigeria, and thus reduce under-five and maternal mortality rate in Nigeria. This is because the educational level of mothers has a direct relationship to the health and survival of unborn child(ren).
Pendical’s notebook is sold at a unit price of NGN 3000 and all the profits realised will be used to get the textbooks for the public school pupils. We implore you well-meaning individuals and organisations to please give generously. As little as NGN 500 is important and will make real the dreams of a girl child seeking to learn.