In line with the commitment to improve access to education and empower the girl child through financial and material supports, The Chikwem Foundation, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Ibadan-Akobo, yesterday hosted the 3rd Agnes Chikwem Girls Achievement Awards in which five girls were awarded.
The Five female students were from Bashorun High School, Bashorun, Ibadan, and Isabatudeen Girls Grammar School 1, Akobo, Ibadan, in Oyo State. The recipients are namely; AbdulRasaq Ruqoyah, Oyeniyi Temitope, Lukman Rafiat, Abdul Quadri Aisha and Lawal Olayemi.
Keynote lecture at the award ceremony was delivered by Dr Nancy Woods, Department of Computer Science, University of Ibadan who called for increased support and for stakeholders to pay continued attention on issues of girl child education as, according to her, doing so will help to increase the productive capacity of women in society and thereby open opportunities for a more prosperous society.
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On his part, Roy Chikwem who is a Non-executive Director of the Chikwem Foundation said “Agnes Chikwem Girls Achievement Awards was established to honour and pay tribute to a woman who was well known for her caring nature, a woman who advocated for the girl child to be educated and a woman who lived a life of selflessness. The Agnes Chikwem Girls Achievement Award is therefore committed to girl child education in line with the desires of Agnes Chikwem”.
He explained that Agnes Chikwem, until her passing, was a firm believer in girl child education and a promoter of the empowerment of women, hence the need to continue to advance these legacies by way of providing quality access to education for the girl child and empowering women with skills necessary to contribute meaningfully to society.