Today is the international day of the girl child and Optiven Group Foundation is looking back at what has been done to empower the girl child under it’s Education, Health and Poverty Eradication pillars. 2022 also marks the 10th anniversary of the celebrations, with a look at what has happened in the last 10 years.
During the last two decades, there has been increased attention on issues that matter to girls amongst governments, policymakers and the general public, and more opportunities for girls to have their voices heard on the global stage. Yet, investments in girls’ rights remain limited and girls continue to confront a myriad of challenges to fulfilling their potential; made worse by concurrent crises of climate change, COVID-19 and conflict.
Girls around the world continue to face unprecedented challenges to their education, their physical and mental wellness, and the protections needed for a life without violence. The emergence of COVID-19 worsened burdens on girls around the world and shed some cloud on the important gains made over the last decade.
With adversity, however, comes resourcefulness, creativity, tenacity, and resilience. The world’s 600 million adolescent girls have shown time and time again that given the skills and the opportunities, they can be the changemakers driving progress in their communities, building back stronger for all, including women, boys and men.
Girls are ready for a decade of acceleration forward. It is time for us all to stand accountable – with and for girls – and to invest in a future that believes in their agency, leadership and potential. The theme of International Day of the Girl Child this year is — “Our time is now—our rights, our future”. “Girls around the world continue to face unprecedented challenges to their education, their physical and mental wellness, and the protections needed for a life without violence”.
The Optiven Foundation has been a key support to girls across the board. Through it’s education pillar in particular, the foundation has been able to support girls to access education in support of UN SDG number 4 and number 10.
As an outcome of engagement in line with upscaling of secondary education under the Soaring Eagles Scholarship Program SESP, to the support to engage in Technical and Vocational Education and Training under UN SDG number 8 and 10. Mr George Wachiuri, Chairman of the Optiven Foundation says, “by partnering with local communities for example at Korrompoi Kajiado County, the Optiven Foundation has donated desks for primary school pupils who comprise at least 37% of the school population. “
To all girls a happy international day for girls 2022 from Optiven.
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