On the 15th of January 2019, Mark Nuhu was a guest on the “Good Morning Gombe” show on Amana FM Gombe. The program started by 8:00am to 9:00am, and was hosted by Emmanuel Bankole and Precious.
He started the presentation by giving a general overview of the activities of Equal Access Inernational/Farar Tattabara in Northern Nigeria, the Tech Camp, and the lessons learnt which include:
Understanding the causes of violent extremism.
The role of community leaders in countering violent extremism.
·The fact that we cannot continue to focus on the problem but focus on the positives and the possibilities/alternatives.
The role of women in countering violent extremism.
Mark then went further to discuss his project and why he chose the issue of “High rate of school dropout among teenage girls in Lawishi community in Gombe”. He explained that most of the girls in the community do not attend school, and even if they start, they dropout along
the way or do not get to complete their secondary education due to factors like unwanted pregnancies, illiteracy or poverty.
He revealed on the program that no woman in his community has obtained a university degree, and at the moment, there are only 2 women in the university, and both happen to be his sisters.
He also explained that another factor that motivated him to embark on a project on girl child education was the fact that his own sister got pregnant as a teenager while in JSS2, but later went back to finish her secondary education, and is presently in the university. He explained how others can learn from his sister’s experience, and understand that there is always an option to get back on your feet after going through a challenging time in life.
He also discussed more about his activities which include advocacies, media campaign, face to face meeting and enrolling some girls back to school before the end of his project. He also explained that he will be working hand in hand with community heads, SUBEB and the Ministry for Women Affairs to raise awareness and sensitize the community on the need to educate their female children.
He later went on a live call in session from listeners, who expressed their excitement about the project, and also solicited for more time to be created for the issue to be well digested by the public.
On the 15th of January, the group members in Kano also held a session on the “Madubin Ilimi” program on Express Radio Kano between 1:30pm -2:00PM. The program was anchored by Auwal Abdulazeez. They started the program by introducing themselves, the organization they work with and a general overview of the Tech Camp.
They continued by stating the aim of their project and why they chose to work on the issue of "Girl Child Education" in Kano state. They explained that, so many girls are wasting away by engaging in hawking, serving as domestic workers, being married off at an early age and ending up with unwanted pregnancy, which has made some many of them vulnerable to abuse.
During the discussion, they further revealed that, in the Kano community, preference is given to educating a male child over a female child. This in turn has caused an imbalance within the community such as non-inclusion of females in decision making and governance. These are some of the factors that motivated them to embark on this campaign and with the objectives of having more girls enrolled in school, empowering girls so they can take agency of their lives and have a society where girls are looked at as an asset of development, rather than tool of money making/marriage.
Hauwa Garba also paid an advocacy visit to the Adamawa Hope Centre to discuss the issue of a rape victim within her community, and how the center can help seek justice for the girl. The center addresses the huge gap in support services for victims of sexual assault by providing free and immediate medical treatment for victims, trauma counselling and legal advice.
They also discussed the activities they have carried out and those yet to be done which include advocacy visits to community and religious leaders, social media campaign and seeking partnership with NGOs, ministries of education and women affairs. They finally stated their readiness to work with persons or organizations with similar interest.
The program was concluded with a live call chat from the listeners where they expressed their happiness about the campaign and further asked questions such as:
* Do we have representatives in all local governments in Kano?
* Do we assist the less privileged with financial aids?
* How can we be contacted?
* Do we intend taking the campaign to the rural areas since that’s where the problem is common?
These questions were answered by the group members.