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Educate girls in Rural Africa through radio

Organized by: Godspower Oboido

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I am the founder of Listen Africa and I am right now trying to set up two educational [community] radio stations in Africa [in rural Kenya and Nigeria]. On the night of 14–15 April 2014, 276 female students were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria. Responsibility for the kidnappings was claimed by Boko Haram, an Islamic Jihadist and terrorist organization based in northeast Nigeria. Hundreds of schools have been burnt and closed down since the inception of Boko haram, forcing thousands of girls out of formal education. In Northern Nigeria, people listen to the radio more than they read books. So the thought of an education radio station in that region, targeting thousands of children forced out of formal education and thousands others who have never been in the four walls of a school building. These children will learn basic numeracy and literacy. In the evenings, their parents who are mostly farmers and petty traders will also benefit from our agricultural radio programs which will equip them with the skills and knowledge to improve their farming, and thus increase their income. We believe that rural entrepreneurship is vital in finding poverty. Help us overcome our financial hurdles. We already have a partnership with RadioActive in the UK that will sell the radio equipments at a cheap rate for us and also provide training. Other costs includes the issuance of a broadcast licence and studio rent fee. The second radio station will be in rural Kenya. Recently, Oxfam has claimed that the lifestyle of the Maasai should be embraced as a response to climate change because of their ability to farm in deserts and scrublands. Our primary broadcast focus remains the same: Children education based on national curriculum, climate change, agricultural and adult education and rural entrepreneurship to help communities fight poverty. For the work that I have been doing with Listen Africa Initiative, I recently just received recognition from Her Majesty the Queen of England in The Queen's Young Leaders Awards 2016. All donations are appreciated. Significant donors will be put on the NGO's international Board of Trustees.


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