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SDG Champion Empowers 947 Adolescent Girls With Digital Skills

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Justina Asishana
Justina Asishana
Justina Asishana is a Nigerian from Edo state. She is a data and investigative journalist who also fact-checks. She covers health, agriculture, education and governance

NIGERIA. Abuja: A Girl Child and Education Advocate, Beedof Abireh had empowered about 947 adolescent girls in rural communities in the last three years with digital literacy skills and basic education.

Abireh through his Foundation, Girlspace Charity Foundation intends to build a growing network of out of school indigent girls in rural communities across Nigeria to access quality and inclusive education.

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Abireh who is a Sustainable Development Goal Champion has successfully led grassroots campaign, sensitization, outreaches, leadership, entrepreneurship and skills acquisition training for women and girls across  11 communities within Gwagwalada and Abuja Municipal Area Council in the last three years. 

In a recent chat with Transcontinental Times, the SDG Champion disclosed that he has two non-profit projects which are the School without borders and Digital literacy skills and ICT program adding that both are self-funded projects of his organization, Girlspace charity foundation. 

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According to Abireh, his intention for reaching out to girls is because the girls are currently most affected in the current statistics of out of school children.

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He added that according to the 2019 UNICEF Survey, more than 130 million girls are out of school around the world today and in Nigeria adding that one in three children are not able to complete primary school education out of which 47.7 per cent of this population are girls.

Abireh says he works with SDGs goal 4, 5 and 6, and is a UN Ambassador for cohorts 3 TeachSDG, 2020 Global Goal Community GBV advocate and a global citizen adding that he is passionate about Girl child advocacy and Education.

Girlspace Charity Foundation

The Girlspace Charity Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization which is located in Abuja Nigeria. The Foundation currently work in IDP camps, slums and rural communities.

According to Abireh, the Girlspace charity foundation is created to cater for Nigerian girl by creating and supporting alternative models outside of formal education, drive higher rates of enrollment through community sensitization and digital literacy programs.

The foundation also has a learning centre which is an extra moral space set up to help less privileged and indigent girls access free weekend classes with volunteers teachers to teach digital literacy skills, mathematics, English language, citizenship education, digital film making and photography, pastry and baking, handcraft and SDG’s goals.

“In line with our mission to empower women and girls and take them out of illiteracy and poverty, our project team leaders have first demonstrated that same level of commitment at every level of engagement”, he said.

The founder, Abireh leads a team of about 17 volunteer teachers and campaigners to amplify the voices of marginalized and less privileged girls to get access to quality education and funding to bring about deliberate intervention.

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