By Emeka Nwokocha
Delta public schools, Sedco Secondary School, Enerhen, and Aladja Model Primary School, Aladja, were Agog on Monday 11th October, as Warri based nongovernmental organization, the Development Initiative for Community Impact (DICI), joined other organisations around the world to mark this year’s International Day of the Girl. The theme of this year’s event is “Digital Generation, Our Generation.”
While marking the event with the female students, and pupils of the schools, the NGO encouraged the girls to be dedicated to their studies, saying that education empowers the girl child to stand out in the society. Continuing, Favour Onodjohwo, Programme Officer at DICI, called on the girls to protect their fundamental rights and stand firm against any form of oppression such as molestation, discrimination, and brutality in the society.
She educated the enthusiastic girls about the epoch event, saying that the theme of the event was anchored on the perspective that a digital revolution will only be successful if girls, in all their intersecting identities, have equal access to the digital platforms, resources, and opportunities needed to drive real change in their communities, countries, and around the world.
She encouraged the girls to be tech savvy, so as to utilizing the digital space to do great exploits in the innovation driven world.
She said, “digital devices such as phones, computers, and laptops facilitate knowledge and provide girls the platform to launch themselves to stardom.” Continuing, she advised the students and pupils to put their phones to good use, by creating apps and business concepts that will be beneficial to them.”
In the same vein, Faith Anyasor, team lead at DICI, charged the girls to set lofty goals for themselves, stating that the global space avails them abundant opportunities of becoming great personalities in the near future.
She said, “set your priorities right and work towards becoming a leader and don’t give up. The digital space breaks the barriers to your achieving your dreams. Don’t be distracted; just continue striving to become the best.” She continued, “be confident in yourselves, protect your self-esteem and leverage the opportunities in the internet to enhance your innate potentials and create wealth.
Expressing gratitude to the Executive Director of DICI, Mrs. Rachael Misan-Ruppee, for choosing Sedco Secondary School for the celebration of this year’s International Day of the Girl, the principal of the school, Mr. Julius Ofowinor said it was a rare privilege, adding that he looked forward to DICI having more educative and enlightenment sessions at the school.
Also, the Head Teacher of Aladja Model Primary School, Mrs. Eunice Laya, thanked DICI for the enlightenment session with the pupils. She urged the Executive Director of DICI, Mrs. Rachael Misan-Ruppee, to bring more programmes to the school, saying that the pupils will benefit immensely in such gestures.
Ogheneochuko Rume, and Faith Ukes, both SS2 students of Sedco Secondary School, Enerhen were excited about the event. They described the enlightenment session as a rare opportunity for the students, saying, ”it is very educative.”
Similarly, Treasure Demesi, and Precious Francis, both pupils of Aladja Model Primary School, thanked DICI for coming to their school to mark the International Day of the Girl.