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UWGN & MERCY CORPS LIFT YOUTHS WITH LEARNING MATERIALS IN LAGOS

In its bid to tackle the menace of out-of-school children in Nigeria, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Mercy Corps and the United Ways Greater Nigeria, have distributed 2,500 learning materials to its participants on the Girls Improving Resilience through Livelihoods and Health (GIRL-H) Programme.

The programme manager, Mercy Corps, Jennifer Madueke, at the distribution of the learning materials in Shomolu local government area, Lagos, said the learning materials will help young adolescents go back to school.

Madueke averred that Mercy Corps’ mission is to empower individuals with the knowledge and tools they need to make informed financial decisions.

“By providing these learning materials, we hope to encourage people to take charge of their financial futures and build a strong foundation for financial success. We believe that everyone deserves access to financial education, and we are proud to support our participants in this way,” she explained.

The programme manager revealed that the Girl-H programme which commenced in Nigeria in August 20222 and funded by an anonymous donor, is a 36-month (October 2020-September 2023), multi-country program, targeting adolescent girls, boys, and young people, aged 10 to 24 years, in Kenya, Uganda, Haiti and Nigeria.

Madueke said the programme aims to improve the well-being of adolescents and young people by increasing their access to and uptake of life skills, and financial literacy, as well as foster pathways to economic opportunities in Nigeria, adding that the Girl-H Program is being implemented in five LGAs in Lagos state through partner organization, Action Health Incorporated (AHI) in Alimosho, Epe, Kosofe, Ojo, and Shomolu.

“To achieve its aim of building the resilience of its program participants, GIRL-H Nigeria team works to equip its participants with life skills and financial literacy, basic numeracy, and literacy skills for a period of 12 weeks and then transitions them into different pathways for continued development. These pathways include education (formal and informal), opportunities for technical and vocational training and connection to business or employment opportunities.