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Nigeria Reads hosts herstory summit

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… To Empower Girls to be Community Champions through storytelling
Nigeria Reads, a non-profit organization in partnership with Glow Club hosted 300 adolescent girls from across Nigeria in a day-long event tagged ‘Strong Girls make Strong Communities’ in Abuja, Nigeria.

At the event, an activity driven module was introduced to girls which helped them to reflect on different aspects of their communities, including the good aspects and also their inadequacies. Furthermore, the girls brainstormed on how they could apply their strengths to create positive impacts in their communities in the most exciting and fun ways.

Thereafter, they created Community Action Plans (CAPs) a document that encapsulates mitigating strategies to issues identified by the girls within their communities.

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They also participated in activities that will help them strengthen their advocacy and public speaking skills. Lastly, the girls networked with their peers from other communities to create an atmosphere to be girl champions through the power of storytelling.

We are beyond thrilled to make this event happen despite the challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic so as to give the girls this platform. “This is a platform for girls to reflect on their personal strengths and past experiences so as to express themselves through art and story-telling: it is of interest to us at Nigeria Reads and Glow Club that these girls through storytelling and networking, create a pool of innovative and solution driven girls who will serve as community champions and bring about development in the society,” said Joyce Garba, the Partnership Coordinator, Nigeria Reads.

“The girls were really excited travelling to Abuja, especially those traveling for the first time. The event itself was an awesome, meeting girls from other parts of the country and having a chance to learn from other mentors was fun for them too” – Mentor Charity Solomon, Bauchi State

Rehob Amos, a participant from Jos, mentioned that “She enjoyed every bit of the program and looked forward to more. She said she will never forget these experiences meeting with other adolescent girls from other parts of the country”.

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Mrs Bola Eyinade, the Co-founder of Roving Heights Bookstore who was a special guest at the event commended the team for putting up an event that fosters literacy and encourages young girls to be community champions, she further encouraged the young girls to inculcate the habit of reading and keep the habit of keeping their minds informed with the daily habits of learning.

In addition, Nigeria Reads’ GLOW Club provides girls with safe spaces and trusted/knowledgeable mentors who help the girls to explore topics related to their lives. The club supports girls in building their:
●Self-Advocacy Skills: with content focused on increasing girls’ ability to effectively communicate and assert their own interests, desires, needs, and rights

●Positive Future Outlook: with content designed to improve how girls perceive their future options

●Educational Engagement: with content designed to increase girls’ educational attainment

●Healthy Choices: with content designed to improve girls’ capacity to make informed choices about their physical, mental, social, and emotional health

●21st Century Skills: with content designed to increase girls’ skills and abilities needed to succeed in work and life

Nigeria Reads is a nonprofit that aims at mobilizing the latent educational opportunities in outer communities through the establishment of literacy centers across Nigeria, and it has directly impacted the lives of over 2,000 young persons since its inception in 2013.

For further inquiries visit nigeriareads.org.

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