British Deputy High Commission Launches Competition Resounding the Need for Male Champions of Girls Education, to Mark the International Day of the Girl Child.
The 11th of October was marked the UN as the ‘International Day of the Girl Child’.’ Since, 2012 when the date was chosen, civil society, private and public organizations across the world have used it to create awareness about the unique plight of young girls in their respective environments.
This year, in order to re-emphasize the importance of quality education for the girl child, the British Deputy High Commission on Wednesday the 26th of August launched a competition for young people between the ages of 12 and 18.
The competition has been tailored separately for boys and girls.
Tagged the #HeforShe competition, young men between the ages of 12 to 18 are encouraged to send in as entries, videos of themselves not longer than 120 seconds explaining the importance of male voices in the call for girls’ education, and what commitments they will be making in their own capacity to the cause.
For girls, the #GirlChampion competition is aimed at showcasing the ambition of bright talented girls across the country by asking them to send in videos talking about their career ambitions and the need in the society they intend to address.
Speaking on the structuring of the competitions, the British Deputy High Commissioner Laure Beaufils said ‘It was a deliberate decision to include young men in this campaign, because male allies are vital to the attainment of gender parity in the society, and we need to start including men in the conversation, as early and strongly as we do women’
The competition, which closes at midnight on the 4th of October will see 6 champions picked from both genders, and hosted to tea by the Deputy High Commissioner, on October 11th, The International Day of the Girl Child, amongst other empowering and exciting opportunities.