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2007.04.25
* Girls' education project gets children back to school in northern Nigeria * Shoot Date: 06 Mar 2007 Bursting with energy in their white and green uniforms, the students at Nababo primary School in northern Nigeria are having a great time in their physical education class. Across the street, 12-year-old Jamila is going door-to-door, selling vegetables. It has been four years since she quit school. Soundbite (Hausa) Jamila Lawal, 12: “I was in Nadabo Primary School, but I dropped out in 2003 when I was in class 2. I dropped out because I didn’t have a school uniform. My mother wanted me to work to make some money so that hopefully one day we can afford the uniform again.” Poverty has forced many girls like Jamila to leave their education behind in northern Nigeria, a country where 40 per cent of school-aged children are not in school. Like Jamila, 10 year old Wasila remembers the shock when her parents asked her to drop out a year ago. Soundbite (Hausa) Wasila Sani: “My parents asked me to drop out and work so that I can support them. I was not happy and didn’t like it, so much so that I almost felt I had a fever.” Fortunately for Wasila, she didn’t miss out on school for too long. With a $50 million dollar funding provided by the UK, free learning materials have been distributed by UNICEF in more than 700 schools throughout northern Nigeria, lifting a big financial burden for many families. Soundbite (Hausa) Sani Hudu, Wasila’s father: “While she was out of school, I heard that her school had gotten instruction materials, including books and school bags, and that attracted my attention. I decided to send her back to school believing that she would get all of these items with no cost to me.” Through the Girls’ Education Project, water pumps are being installed in many schools, as well as separate latrines for boys and girls. Teachers also benefit, receiving extra training to help them provide better education for the children. Wasila studies hard and has become the top student in her class. She takes her education seriously, knowing fully that there are still many girls in Nigeria who couldn’t afford to give their dreams a second chance.
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