Yesterday, I made a post on my Facebook page on the need for government at all levels to understand and appreciate local idea and shared values towards solving our local problems.
IMOIBOHO EKWERE WILLIAMS: BRIDGING THE GAP ON YOUTH UNEMPLOYABILITY
Youth unemployment has assumed an unfortunate dimension in recent times as more graduates are being churned out of our tertiary institutions without having access to jobs.
In 2011, the composite unemployment rate for graduates of tertiary institutions stood at 24.6% for first degree graduates, 13.7% for Master’s Degree holders and 17.8% for doctoral graduates (National Planning Commission, 2011).
Taking cognizance of the fact that most of the so-called employed graduates are actually under-employed makes the whole picture of graduate unemployment in Nigeria more pathetic.
This platform pairs (Serving Corps Members – mentees) with mentors who are already building great careers in various fields of expertise and have contributed positively to nation building.
THE COST OF MENSTRUATION – MyPeriod Kit COMES TO THE RESCUE
Another challenge in Nigeria is the issue of girls’ education.The gender gap remains particularly wide and the proportion of girls to boys in school ranges from 1 girl to 2 boys to 1 to 3 in some States. Known to be the best investment in development, girls’ education has become a major issue in most developing countries. Especially in sub-Saharan Africa a large number of young girls still do not attend school. The global figure for out-of-school children is estimated at 121 million, 65 million being girls. Over 80 per cent of these girls live in Sub Saharan Africa. And they don’t attend school during menstruation.
MyPeriod Kit, an initiative of Bamisaye Folasade, a Reproductive Health expert and Women’s Right Advocate, is aimed at promoting menstrual hygiene and healthy transition into womanhood for girls and women of reproductive age especially those residing in underserved communities.
The justification for having MyPeriod Kit is that, girls and women residing in underserved areas like Nigeria are faced with huge challenge of coping with their menstrual period hygienically, women and girls’ capacity to manage their periods is affected by many factors, including limited access to affordable hygienic sanitary materials and disposal options.