International Day
of the Girl

"Digital Generation. Our Generation"

In the 21st Century, technology has become an integral part of our daily activities. It plays a major role in being competitive in the job market and running an effective business. According to Statista, in 2021, 51.44 percent of the Nigerian population were internet users. This goes to show how crucial technology is to female empowerment around the continent.

At Give Girls A Chance, we believe in giving the girl child all the tools and training she needs to become a responsible and effective woman in society. One of these skills is technology.

This International Day of the Girl, in accordance with this year's theme, GGAC is excited to launch our annual Essay Competition.

2021 Essay Competition

 
Problem Statement: GENDER DIVIDE: Examining the relevance of gender in Nigeria’s digital generation.

Though Africa has recently seen rapid growth in Internet access, barriers such as poverty, illiteracy, and discrimination when getting training and education, contributes to why women and girls are vastly underrepresented in technology. 

While so much has been said about the transformative power of technology in society in the past two decades, little attention has been paid to the emerging digital gap. 

According to UNICEF, the gender gap for global internet users grew from 11 percent in 2013 to 17 per cent in 2019. In the world’s least developed countries, it hovers around 43 percent.

In a 2020 report by Statista, in 2019, 20.2 percent of Africa’s female population had online access, compared to 37.1 percent of men.

Contest Details

The GGAC Essay competition is open to Nigerian girls between the ages of 13-19. Entrants are invited to submit a 2,000 word (maximum) essay in English addressing the following question:

“In your own words, what is the role of gender in discussing the digital generation in Nigeria?"

Eligible Countries: Nigeria

 

Eligibility:

  • Nigerian girls between the ages of 13-19.

  • Essays must be written in English and 2,000 words or less.

 

How to Enter:

Submit your essay to info@givegirlsachanceng.org.

Deadline:

The deadline to submit entries is October 30, 2021. The finalists will be notified by November 5, 2021.

Selection: 

Essays will be reviewed by a panel of independent judges. The panel will evaluate all submissions according to three criteria:

  1. the quality of arguments

  2. grammar and vocabulary

  3. the overall flow of the essay

 

Number of Awardees: 3

 

Value of Competition: 

The essay competition offers recognition and financial awards.

  • The best three essays will be published on the Give Girls A Chance website.

  • The author of the best essay will receive 30,000 Naira. The second and third place winners will be awarded 20,000 and 10,000 Naira, respectively.

About the Award: 

The Give Girls A Chance Essay Competition is implemented as part of the Give Girls A Chance Foundation's effort to increase access to quality education for the Nigerian girl child. The goal of this Competition is to give young Nigerian girls the opportunity to develop constructive and innovative ideas to address existing development challenges in Nigeria. Now in its fifth year, the competition aims to support the voice and agency of young Nigerian girls, whilst leveraging the ideas and innovations led by young people in tackling some of the challenges facing Nigeria.

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