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Local firm to empower Chibok schoolgirls

03 June 2014, 07:33

Abuja - The country's biggest mobile network operator has pledged to finance the relocation of schoolgirls from the terror-ridden Chibok to attain education in safer parts of the country.

The initiative is part of the MTN Group's ongoing annual employee volunteer programme, 21 Days of Y’ello Care.

The empowerment of the girls from Chibok is a sub-initiative of the 21 Days of Y'ello Care titled, Y’ello Aid Initiative.

"This is geared towards supporting relief efforts for distressed locations and communities in the northern part of the country," MTN stated in response to inquiries from this publication.

"To actualize this, we will partner with NGOs (nongovernmental organisations) to raise funds for the Chibok Scholarship for Girls, which aims to evacuate school girls from Chibok and place them in schools in other states."

The northern parts if the country have borne the biggest brunt of the Boko Haram-inspired terrorism.

Chibok in Borno State has recently been on the international spotlight after marauding  members of the notorious sect kidnapped more than 200 scholgirls more than a month ago.

As part of its ongoing  Y'ello Care Corporate Social Responsibility, meanhwile, MTN will work around some projects designed to improve educational standards in local schools, promote digital learning/teaching and enhance girl-child education.

Some of the projects include Adopt-a-Girls' School.

This task is for the nine MTN Nigeria divisions, and aligns with the United Nations’ and Nigerian Government programmes on female education.

Each division will be required to adopt a Girls’ school within the 21 Days of Y’ello Care period and deploy digital learning/other activities to empower the Girl-Child.

The Digiteach Classroom Project will see the establishment of  digitally equipped classrooms across the country to drive access to digital learning and demonstrate the value of education via non-traditional media.

The Vocation is Education campaign is about aligning with Nigerian Government programmes to elevate the profile of vocational education.

This project seeks to support efforts to formalise the vocational sector.

The  My Y'ello Tutor involves the creation of an Online Learning Hubaccessible to students in primary and secondary schools across the country that will provide access to learning materials, tutorials, exam practice questions and other educational resources.

“Digitisation of learning and teaching is particularly close to our heart at MTN. In fact, MTN Foundations are already doing a great deal of work with our commercial partners and communities in various countries. We are therefore excited that through Y’ello Care, employees have an opportunity to further contribute towards closing the digital divide in our communities, more so amongst learners and teachers in remote parts of the countries where MTN operates,” said Xolisa Vapi, General Manager for MTN Group Corporate Affairs.

- CAJ News

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