Any support that addresses the education of Northern girls from poor backgrounds goes a long way to remedy the critical inequalities in educational access in Nigeria.
To contribute to improvement of the state of education for the girl child in Nigeria and further consolidate on the gains made through other efforts, DIWA in 2013 launched its “GIFTED” (Girls identified for Training, Education and Development) tertiary scholarship program.
The program targets girls in Northern states as these are the most disadvantaged communities in Nigeria in terms of education. The focus of the program is to keep Northern girls in school longer and achieving what presently most privileged children achieve.
The GIFTED Tertiary scholarship program currently provides sponsorship to 10 Northern girls from underprivileged backgrounds studying in various fields across Nigerian universities.
- 10 underprivileged girls from Northern Nigeria were provided with tertiary education scholarship
- All ten students currently study in 6 different tertiary institutions in Nigeria
- Between 2014 and 2015, over US$17,000 was spent on their tuition, books, accommodation, sustenance and medicals
- The ten girls are studying in the fields of Electrical Engineering, Economics, Microbiology, Nursing Science, Geography, and Biology
DIWA hopes to expand the scope of the program in the coming years. With support from charitable individuals and organizations, the program can cover more girls from marginalized backgrounds.
US$105/girl/month is enough to sponsor the tertiary education of a GIFTED student in Nigerian universities. This cost covers one academic year tuition, text books/ handouts allowance, hostel accommodation, one year daily sustenance allowance, monitoring and stakeholder evaluation, as well as quarterly progress report.
The Girls Identified for Training, Education and Development (GIFTED) Tertiary scholarship program currently provides sponsorship to 10 Northern Nigerian girls from underprivileged backgrounds studying in various fields across Nigerian universities.