By Stanley Onyekwere
As part of activities to mark the national day of the girl child, Rotary Club of Kubwa, Gateway District 9125, in partnership with Bumkeng Selizz Care Foundation, both Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) have taken awareness on sex abuse and molestation against the girl child to Government Girls Secondary School, Dutse-Alhaji in Abuja.
Also, the NGOs during the sensitisation programme, donated sanitary pads to the teeming students there.
Speaking at the event, President of Rotary Club, Nina Samuel, stressed the importance of sensitizing young girls on abuse and career goals.
“On the occasion of the National Girl Child Day we want to advocate a vibrant counselling unit in schools with the help of the media and other stakeholders.
“We want to redirect focus of young girls to career goals. There is a popular saying that if you train a child you train a nation, It is important we start early,” she said.
Also speaking, a guest speaker at the occasion, Mrs. Esther Uanwereme, stressed the need for girls to know common tips to personal hygiene, noting that the girl child being properly informed about her body, would help to prevent cases of abuses and molestation.
Similarly, the founder of Bumkeng Selizz Care Foundation (BSCF), a nongovernmental organisation based in Abuja and Benue, Bumkeng Sewuese, explained that the NGO is mainly concerned about issues that affect Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), women and children in the society.
Sewuese noted that the NGO is in collaboration with the Rotary club on the National Day of The Girl Child as it is a major area of interest of the group to encourage growth and development of the girl child.
On her part, the principal of the school, Mrs. Ruqaiya Husain noted that as part of efforts to addressing the challenges of abuses facing the girl child, the school has guidance and counselling unit to help bring out the girls from their shells to speak out when they are abused.
Husain also called on government to support programmes of advocacy to raise awareness to curb many challenges facing the girl child in the society.
She expressed gratitude for their donation, noting that the use of sanitary pad is part of a girl’s life, just as she commended the club for the gesture.
Responding, a student, Osiwaju Rashidat expressed gratitude to the group, adding that it was an opportunity to learn tips to prevent child abuse, and be inspired towards career goals.
Another student, Odogu Angel Tochi, explained that the program is inspiring as it offering useful tips on avoiding sexual abuse, adding that it also encourages young girls to be focused in their studies.