Scholarship & Mentorship Program
About the Program
We provide scholarships to girls from low-income families to cover the costs of their education at one of our partner schools or at a primary or secondary school of their choice. These scholarships cover tuition, books, uniforms and other miscellaneous fees. As part of our Scholarship Program, we run a national annual Essay Competition designed to promote improved literacy and advocacy around girl-child education in Nigeria.
In addition, we work with a team of dedicated mentors, counselors and medical professionals to provide access to in-person or virtual mentoring sessions. Our mentoring program is uniquely designed to address several psychosocial factors that may impede learning. Through our Red Backpack Club initiative, we provide tailored Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) support and mentoring to girls enrolled at our partner schools.
To ensure continuity, once admitted into our Scholarship and Mentoring program, each girl receives support for at least three years. We believe that this is the minimum amount of time needed to support the beneficiaries to establish a solid educational foundation and develop strong psychosocial skills that will allow them to thrive in and out of school.
In addition to individual and corporate sponsors, our Scholarship & Mentoring Program is funded through the proceeds from our annual International Day of the Girl Child campaign.
I've always believed that when you educate a girl, you empower a nation.
Queen Rania of Jordan
The Give Girls A Chance Essay Competition was launched in 2017 as part of the our efforts to increase access to quality education for the Nigerian girl child. Open to Nigerian girls between 13 and 19, the competition aims to give young Nigerian girls the opportunity to foster constructive and innovative ideas to address Nigeria's development challenges.
The 2020 competition is now open for entries.
International Day of the Girl Child
On October 11, 2012, the UN observed the first International Day of the Girl Child to highlight the needs and challenges of girls globally. Each year, organisations around the world — including GGAC — mark this day to promote empowerment and equality for girls.
This year, GGAC is celebrating girls under the theme: “GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable.”