Reducing Inequality, the 2019 Scholarship Story.

During the screening exercise for the 2019 Enugu and Ibadan David Oyelowo Leadership Scholarship for indigent girls, one thing was common among most of the participants – asides brilliance – Poverty.

Girl after girl, the screening team could see homes without proper toilets and baths, cramped living space, poor lighting and so on. Girls try hard to learn amidst the tough living condition. It would have been less painful if the girls live in a world where they have to compete with people of same status. But they live in a world where their competitors enjoy better living space and more robust education. We can begin to see the vicious cycle of poverty.

The typical reality of the girl is:

  • Intellectual capacity: Brilliant
  • Home Space: No personal space
  • Toilets and Bathroom: None, shared, bush method – risk snakes
  • Schooling: Poor infrastructure, inadequate teachers, no confidence, timidity
  • Economic future: Sales girl, bottom poor
  • Social future: drug abuse, teenage pregnancy, rape, untapped potentials

A gleam of hope arises for the girl; a lifeline for social mobility. The GEANCO facilitated David Oyelowo Leadership Scholarship for indigent girls come in handy. And the girl can begin her journey out of poverty. She can now access quality education and be better positioned to compete in the ever changing global economic landscape.

We can begin to write a new profile for the girl

  • Intellectual capacity: Brilliant, trained, skilled, compelling
  • Schooling: Great infrastructure, competent teachers, leadership skills, confidence, gracefulness
  • Economic future: boundless
  • Social future: elite

A single good done, births an unending opportunity stream. We may see that one scholarship have as well shunted one more teenage pregnancy statistic. Yes! Teenage pregnancy happen most in these low income families – which always come with little education. Lack of privilege comes with lots of children: drug abuse, rape and sex trafficking.

A single girl child given the education chance is a girl helped out of poverty, sexual abuse, and short lifespan. Nothing gives us joy more than this. That girl has a better life.

You make the GEANCO story possible through your support. You raise girls out of poverty and abuse. You are the GEANCO story! We join our deep gratitude together to all partners who step out from their office spaces to lend the poor girl a lifting hand.

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