Advocacy: AMDF Appoints 20 Girls as Ambassadors for Rise Up project
By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna
Africa Media Development Foundation, (AMDF), has appointed and trained 20 girls, selected from 5 schools in Kaduna State to become her ambassadors, in driving advocacy for the formulation, adoption and implementation framework for the free and compulsory education for girls in the state.
The girls ambassadors will be representing the target group in advocating for a policy document to back government declaration of free education for girls and will also do media appearances, under her education project of the Rise Up project of the Public Health Institute of the John Hopkins University with support from the Cummins INC.
Speaking at the training the project manager Mr Benjamin Yunana Maigari made a presentation of the Rise Up project and the need for girls education, he said the project is advocating for the formulation and adoption and implementation framework for the free and compulsory education for girls in Kaduna State.
The project manager said in September 2018 the Kaduna state government made a public pronouncement of free education for girls without a supporting document.
He told the girls that when the success story of the policy document will be written, they will be part of it. According to him, the essence of the training was for the girls ambassadors to be part of the advocacy team.
Speaking on behalf of the girls, Mary Bawa Emmanuel from Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS), Barnawa, said giving the girls free education will increase their retention in schools because according to her, parents gives more attention to their male counterpart.
At the end of the training girls were highly appreciative to the rise up project for given them a voice and promised to work with the project team to actualize the expected advocacy result.