ABOUT THE GCC GIRLS’ ACADEMY AND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME
Girl Child Concerns (GCC) is a non-profit organisation in Nigeria that has been working to improve the lives of girls across Nigeria for over 15 years. The Organisation aims to provide holistic intervention to meet the needs of adolescent girls, focusing on their reproductive health and educational needs.
Our work focuses largely on empowering the girl child through formal education, life skills and mobilising community support for girls’ inclusion in development. In the last 10 years, we have increased our focus to addressing the needs of young girls affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria. A select number of girls from the affected region have been awarded scholarships by GCC to continue schooling in more stable parts of the country. While this strategy has helped over 500 girls graduate from various secondary schools, the associated costs and travel risks are not sustainable.
With the gradual return to normalcy in the north-east, we have been able to set up our own school in Maidugri called the GCC Girls’ Academy and Scholarship Programme. The Academy is aimed at reintegrating vulnerable adolescent girls affected by the insurgency from the North-East back to normal life by enrolling them into a secondary school within the Borno metropolis so that they can complete their secondary education. The project adopts India’s Kahn Academy concept which empowers learners to study at their own pace in and outside the classroom through class lessons, practical exercises, instructional videos and a personalised learning dashboard. We currently house and school 350 displaced girls with ambitions to grow the numbers.