Bisola won ONE’s Back to School presentation task during this season reality-show Big Brother Naija. ONE’s #GirlsCount campaign focuses on the importance of girls’ education.
The #GirlsCount campaign recognises that globally, 130 million girls are out of school with 51 million of them in Africa.
Bisola’s winning presentation called on Nigerian policymakers to prioritise girls’ education.
As part of the collaboration between Big Brother Naija and ONE, housemates were asked to put together a presentation based on information and statistics about girls’ education in Nigeria from ONE’s Poverty is Sexist policy report.
The aim of the task was to call on the Nigerian Federal and State government to prioritise girls’ education. As part of the task, housemates highlighted the barriers to girls’ education in Nigeria and presented possible solutions to ensuring every girl in Nigeria completes primary and secondary school.
In Nigeria, the #GirlsCount Campaign is focused on increasing access and quality education for girls in Nigeria, with an emphasis on girls in Northern Nigeria. Because poverty is sexist, it disproportionately affects women and girls.
While globally, there are 130 million girls out of school, in Nigeria there are at least 10.5 million children out of school. In addition, Nigerian girls’ participation rate in education remains lower than boys’ across all levels of education, particularly at senior secondary level. In primary school, 31% of Nigerian girls are out of school compared to 27% of boys.
Commenting on the winning presentation, ONE’s Nigeria Director Serah Makka said: “We are proud to have Bisola! Her presentation was very moving as she highlighted the status of girls education. ONE looks forward to working with as we take our Campaign to the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week. During the UN General Assembly we will ask Nigerian and other African leaders to make education work for every girl by 2030, in line with Sustainable Development Goal 4.”
All Nigerians and followers of BBNaija across the continent are encouraged to join the campaigns main ambassador Omotola, along with Bonang, Waje, and others by making their voices heard in support educating the girl child, by joining the #GirlsCount campaign.
Add your voice by posting a #GirlsCount a video or picture online with a message on girls education. Get creative! Ask your friends and family to take part and help us spread the word by going to www.girlscount.one.org