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AFRICAN YOUTH EXPLORE STRATEGI…

26-02-2019

Youth from across Africa came together at a youth forum which was a pre-conference activity that took place at Nicon Luxury Hotel, Plot 903.Tafawa Balewa Way, Area 11, Garki, Abuja...

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SAVING THE GIRL CHILD

25-02-2019

  Living in a very safe environment where there is no fear, our lives and properties are secured is the wish of every individual. According to late Nelson Mandela, “safety and...

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KEEPING-GIRLS-IN-SCHOOL

15-02-2019

CHANGING THE EDUCATION LANSCAPE FOR GIRLS IN AFRICA: TRADITIONAL LEADERS CAN  SHIFT THE  STRUCTURE   CHILDREN'S   INVESTMENTFUND FOUNDATION   In January, CIFF supported the first ever Keeping Girls in School conference; a convening of African traditional...

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KADUNA BASIC EDUCATION ACCOUNT…

07-02-2019

The Kaduna basic education accountability mechanism was launched yesterday. It is part of efforts to open up the education sector to the public to ensure transparency and accountability for improved quality...

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The Faces of War at Dalori Cam…

31-01-2019

January 24, 2019 12:06 am  THE FACES OF WAR AT DALORI CAMP - THISDAYLIVE Seated on a mat with their needles and threads, weaving embroideries on northern caps in production, the four...

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THE MSD (Merk for Mothers) IN …

20-12-2018

TRAINING OF VHWS AT AGENCY FOR MASS LITERACY MAIDUGURI    This is aimed at addressing the poor state of adolescents and maternal health in the Boko Haram affected Borno state of Nigeria...

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GCC FIELD MONITORS HAVING A FO…

23-05-2018

GCC is implementing a 3 year project (2017-2020) with funding from Macarthur foundation, to support in promoting transparency and accountability in the education sector in Nigeria, specifically the Home Grown...

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UN Secretary-General appoints …

26-10-2017

PRESS RELEASE   (New York, 19 October 2017): United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced last week the appointment of nine new members of the Advisory Group of the Central Emergency Response Fund...

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Muhammad IV Foundation Morocco…

30-05-2017

 Partners from Muhammad IV Foundation Morocco visit to Internally Displaced Girls on GCC scholarship in Maiduguri. GCC has morethan 300 girls affected by Boko Haram insurgency on its scholarship.  

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Empowering Internally Displace…

09-03-2016

GCC EMPOWERING INTERNALLY DISPLACED WOMEN IN IDP CAMPS IN BORNO Girl Child Concerns (GCC)  in a new initiative is Supporting women in IDP camps to start viable economic activities with the...

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GIRL CHILD CONCERNS SCHOOL VIS…

09-03-2016

  GIRL CHILD CONCERNS MONTHLY SCHOOL VISITATION AND SAFE SPACES Girl Child Concerns (GCC) Visitation Team With Beneficiaries of the Organization's Scholarship Scheme during the Recent School Visit To Different Schools. It was...

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Dausiya Rufai

My name is Dausiya Rufa’i. I come from a poor Northern family in Kudan Local government, Zaria. My dad is a farmer and my mum a full time house wife. This has been the status of my Family since I was born. 

In my local government, female education has a very low percentage; they believe that after primary school level, the girl should be in her husband’s house. lack of education and early child marriage are some of the common things in my Local government and the northern part of Nigeria generally.

 I am one of the few people whose parents struggled to send to school out of the little money they have. Soon as I completed my Primary 5 level at LEA primary school Hunkuyi, my parents and other relatives started asking me to present a husband (as a normal practice back there), this also had to do with the fact that we had no/very little money and they could not afford to pay for another school so getting married was to save the costs.

I was okay with the idea of getting married because it is a normal thing for girls to get married at a very young age, and I could not tell the importance of further education because I did not grow to see any girl in the neighborhood further their studies. Personally, the reason why i  went to primary school was because I was enrolled and my parent told me to do so, school was more like a meeting place for me and my class mates to play.

In 2004, I earned a primary school certificate. What next? Marriage as my parentS had planned. They  had someone in mind for me in case I told them I had no one to marry. But luck smiled at me.  One  good blessed day, a friend of my dad came to the house, he and my dad had not seen for a long time because he travelled, so they had a lot to talk about. As their discussion went on, the friend told him about a scholarship program introduced to our Local government by a registered and legit non-governmental organization called Girl Child Concerns (GCC). My dad was not comfortable with the idea of taking me (as a girl) away from home and living me in the hands of people whom we know nothing about, in addition to that, he thought to himself, who will help my mum with all the house chores when I’m gone and how sure are they that this people are to be trusted?

It was a struggle getting my dad to consider this option for me, but his friend been an educated man had solid information about this organization. He had heard a lot about them and how they have helped in the improvement of communities by encouraging and supporting child education in different communities for years.

After some time, we met the program officer  and the other officials where we wrote an exam and we were interviewed.

I passed the test and was enrolled  into Queen Amina collage, where I started from JSS1 -SS3. School life was as sweet as lollipop even though initially  I was catapulted in to the world of loneliness being taken away from home but with the encouragement of GCC Staff it is now history..

Apart from class education, I and other GCC beneficiaries had other advantageous privileges such as the annual retreat program which was designed to bring all GCC beneficiaries together and  to remind us of our options  in life. During this retreat, they would enlighten us more on the importance of education, dangers of early marriage, expected life challenges and more.

It is a golden opportunity to be a GCC beneficiary because if not for this organization, I am certain I would have been married with kids by now, probably in the same gloomy situation. This program has not only helped me but my family as a whole and many other young girls especially those from poor families whose parent cannot afford to send them to school.

I successfully graduated from Queen Amina College in 2011 and currently, I am an ND-2 computer science student at Federal polytechnic, Bauchi. Today, I am able to stand in front of crowds due to the self-esteem/confidence I have also gained during this period. I am very thankful to Girl child concerns for the life time priviledge they have offered me and as a way of showing my appreciation, I will like to partake In GCC programs designed to assist young girls, so that I can share my experience with them and remind them what a great opportunity they have at hand.

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