Ekiti to launch education for out-of-school girls

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Ekiti State government will launch the second chance education programme to assimilate out-of-school girls and adolescents between the ages of 10 and 20 into the formal school system.

Commissioner for Information Taiwo Olatunbosun said this in Ado-Ekiti after an assessment tour of the World Bank-assisted Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning Projects across the state.

Olatunbosun said the programme, tagged ‘Ekiti State Girls’ Finishing School’, would begin in September to give girls who dropped out due to financial difficulties, unplanned pregnancies, GBV, among others, another opportunity to complete school.

Free admission forms are already out for interested persons, he noted.

According to the commissioner, the programme offers opportunity to assimilate them into the formal education system with necessary support to complete their education with vocational and entrepreneurship training to equip them with skills to make them self-reliant and financially independent.

He added that the programme would provide value-based education in basic numeracy and literacy, as well as psycho-social support services, such as group and individual counseling, expressive therapy, and sexual reproductive rights education aimed at reducing vulnerability of girls to GBV and early marriage.

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