“If you educate a man, you educate one person,
if you educate a woman, you educate the whole community.”
Girl Child Education
In northern Nigeria, the education of girls is often seen as being of little importance. At the same time traditional roles place women in charge of the household, cooking, and raising a family. Behind this educational neglect is a highly damaging tradition where girls are married off at an extremely young age. This in turn leads to a downward spiral of malnutrition, poverty, and poor health, with some of the most serious consequences stemming from child brides’ bodies not being ready to bear children.
WRAPA and IWEI are two non-profit organisations working to improve access to knowledge and healthcare for women and children as a way of increasing the living standards of entire communities.