Stallion Empowerment Initiative’s first pillars of development has been on education. Sub-Saharan Africa as a region has a rough estimate of 64% illiteracy. This is the highest in the world. It is crucial for Nigeria to set a benchmark as one of the leading economies in Africa to improve the access and opportunities available for young individuals.
SEI supports two primary schools and one technical school in Warri, Nigeria. Our goal is to improve enrolment and attendance rates in primary & technical high schools in the region. We believe continued support through PPP will improve the infrastructure, teaching standards, and access to schools for children today.
Female literacy continues to be an ongoing challenge in Nigeria. Two contributing factors continue to make female empowerment a controversial topic.
- The cultural and religious disparities between the north and south of Nigeria.
- The drop out rates of girls aged 11 and above stop attending schools to focus on household chores or marriage. (UNDP, Nigeria)
The Stallion Empowerment Initiative (SEI) believes these are core challenges societies will continue to tackle in the future. As an organisation it is essential to set the precedence of gender equality in Nigeria.
For the SEI Scholarship program, 71% of the students chosen on merit are female further attesting that SEI supports schools that provide a very conducive environment for the girl child. By creating an open environment for girls to attend schools and supporting them with educational grants and scholarships the organisation is propagating gender equality.
SEI also institutionalised the Girls Sanitation Programme on the International Day of the girl child advocating the importance of health and sanitary care and encouraging girls to attend school and not feel conscious during menstrual cycle and talk and discuss about their health issues without any prejudice with health care staff and counsellors.