Rotimi Agboluaje, Ibadan
A US-based Fund, Malala Fund, has announced two Nigerians, Habiba Mohammed, and Rotimi Olawale, as Gulmakai Network champions.
The Gulmakai Network is Malala Fund’s ambitious new initiative that invests in education activists working in countries where girls face the greatest barriers to education.
The organization’s Interim Chief Executive Officer, Philippa Lei, said this in separate media releases made available to journalists in Ibadan.
She said: “Malala Fund is proud to welcome Habiba Mohammed into the inaugural class of Gulmakai Network champions.
Mohammed is the co-director of Centre of Girls’ Education (CGE) in Nigeria.
Before joining CGE nine years ago, Habiba was a teacher for 16 years. With her Gulmakai Network grant, she plans to develop an e-learning package for rural communities and help out-of-school girls in northern Nigeria return to the classroom.
Similarly, Rotimi Olawale is the co-founder of YouthHubAfrica, an online platform to engage young people in social change. He has more than 10 years of experience in youth advocacy and development work.
Rotimi will use his Gulmakai Network grant to advocate for passage of the Child Rights Act in Nigeria.
According to Malala Fund Interim CEO:”Malala Fund is proud to support remarkable leaders like Habiba in our inaugural class of Gulmakai Network champions.
“We believe these activists share the same spirit and vision as our co-founders Malala and Ziauddin Yousafzai. We know our investment in their work will help speed up progress for girls’ secondary education around the world.
Speaking on Rotimi, Philippa Lei said: “Malala Fund is proud to support remarkable leaders like Rotimi in our inaugural class of Gulmakai Network champions.
“We believe these activists share the same spirit and vision as our co-founders Malala and Ziauddin Yousafzai. We know our investment in their work will help speed up progress for girls’ secondary education around the world”.
Threats to girls’ education — like poverty, war and gender discrimination — differ between countries and communities.
He continued: “Malala Fund believes local education activists are best placed to understand the challenges in their communities and deliver solutions.
But these women and men often lack the funding and support necessary to increase their impact. Malala Fund aims to close this gap by connecting our Gulmakai Network champions with each other and to the tools, training and partners they need to spark social and systemic change.
“Malala Fund plans to grow the Gulmakai Network, investing up to $10 million per year over 10 years.