By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
In a bid to sensitize and create awareness against poverty, discrimination, and exploitations which have seen many girls drop out of school, Ratels Sports Foundation has collaborated with the Sports Writers Association Of Nigeria (SWAN), Abuja Branch on a fundraising Football novelty match to support and advocate for the education of the girl child.
The fundraising Novelty Match which will hold on Saturday, the 20th of February 2021 at the Area 3 Sports Complex, Abuja, will attract huge numbers of philanthropists who have seen reasons to support Ratels Sports Foundation and Barrister Paul Edeh in his quest to make life better for the girl child.
Ratels Sports Foundation having staged a similar exercise last week, which was themed: “Kick Against Gender-Based Violence” has gone further to help create an avenue to give the girl child hope on education, with the “Support The Girl Child School Campaign” initiative. Members of the Abuja Sports Writers Association Of Nigeria (SWAN) and Naija Ratels FC will tackle each other on the pitch to highlight the sensitivity of the initiative.
The convener of the event and President of Ratels Sports Foundation, Barrister Paul Edeh said the organisation decided to organize the novelty match with SWAN, to put an end to many barriers facing girl child education.
“Every day, girls face barriers to education caused by poverty, cultural practices, poor infrastructure, violence, and more. The reason why we are collaborating with SWAN, Civil society organisation, the private sector, donors to overcome these challenges through the novelty match.
“Girls education goes beyond getting girls into school. It is also about ensuring that girls learn and feel safe in school and have the opportunity to complete all levels of education, acquiring the knowledge and skills to compete in the labour market.
“We believe in our ability as a body to make meaningful impacts through our various programmes and hopefully we can change the world in our little way by ensuring there is a great turnaround in the enrollment of the girl child in school.” He concluded.
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