TEENAGE NETWORK NEWS
Education is clearly a victim of the pandemic, but it can also be a key driver of the recovery. Teenage Network endorses Save Our Future white paper; calls on world leaders to prioritize education. Read here
The Teenage Education and Empowerment Network (Teenage Network) in commemoration of the International Day of the GirlChild, 2020 has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to put in measures to ensure all girls in Nigeria return to school after the pandemic. The call which was made by the Executive Director, Olanike Timipa-Uge at the Flag off ceremony of the School in My Community project at Nyanya community, Abuja explained that adolescent girls are the worst hit by the pandemic and as a nation with over 13 million out-of-school children prior the pandemic, we can not afford to have more girls drop out of school. The Pandemic has given us the opportunity to rebuild strongly, we must ensure nothing stops girls from learning, henceforth; not menstruation, not violence. Read more
The Teenage Network’s Safe Girls project has been featured in a policy brief by the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative in partnership with Plan International, UK Government, the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Read here
Teenage Network gives JAMB sponsorship to two students in the FCT
The Teenage Network, a non-profit organization that facilitates access to quality education for young people between ages 12-20 years has identified two students in Government Secondary School Karu who are in dire need of funds to obtain the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination form.
One of the students, Amarachi was refused funds by her guardian on the basis of lack of trust in her ability, while the other beneficiary, ThankGod is currently being raised by a single mother who couldn’t afford the form at that time.
The good news is both students performed excellently in the recently released UTME result. Amarachi scored 281 while ThankGod scored 253. The Teenage Network congratulates Amarachi and ThankGod for coming out with flying colours and wish them success in their admissions.
COVID 19: Teenage Network Suspends Demystify Menstruation
Sequel to the outbreak of the novel Corona Virus, the management of the Teenage Network has put a temporary stop to the Demystify Menstruation initiative. This is due to the closure of schools by the government to curb the spread of the disease.
The project will no longer hold until schools reopen at the end of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Teenage Network Launches Demystify Menstruation Initiative in Secondary Schools in Abuja
The Teenage Network has launched Demystify Menstruation in Secondary Schools in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The Demystify Menstruation Initiative is designed to help school girls to effectively manage their periods and have access to free sanitary towels to help them focus on learning. This initiative is a direct response to findings of the 2019 Teenage Needs Survey which revealed that 1 in 7 girls miss classes during menstruation. A total of four schools will benefit from this initiative.
In the next six months, Demystify Menstruation will mentor 120 girls by enlightening them on sexual and reproductive health and rights. This will help school girls to better manage menstruation, carry-out periodic self-breast examination, understand their rights and advocate for their rights.
The inaugural edition of the monthly mentoring sessions held in Government Girls Secondary School Dutse, Government Secondary School Mpape, and Government Secondary School Gwagwalada.
During the mentoring sessions, we had Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) with the girls to better understand the areas of the knowledge gap and their specific needs. The FGDs are followed by discussions on menstruation and the distribution of sanitary pads. The Teenage Network will continue to work with these girls every month on different aspects of sexuality education for a period of six months. In the coming weeks, an additional school will be adopted and implemented.
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