About 100 girls from 11 secondary schools in Oyo State came together as part of the campaign to promote 12 years of free and compulsory education for the girl child in Nigeria. The event which held with partnership with YouthHub Africa and supported by the Malala Foundation held at the FilmHouse Cinema, Ibadan. The girls screened the movie ‘He Named Me Malala’ and later discussed the movie. The documentary is about the life and activism of Yousof Malala and his father and how their campaign to promote education led to Malala sustaining gunshots wounds from bullets shot by the Talibans. It ends with clips of various projects and world leaders that Malala has paid visits to in other to get them to join her cause for free girl education.
Present at the screening was the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Women Affairs who represented the wife of the governor. Four panelist took the stage after the screening to discuss issues from the documentary. The panelists include – Mrs. Shade Ezekiel from a Fiath Based Organisation and Career Counsellor, Mrs Edem Ossai and two students from the participating school. At the end of the panel discussion, the girls committed to the one child, one school slogan of the campaign. Teachers accompanied the girls to the venue of the screening. For most of them, it was their first cinema experience.
The project is to be scaled further to meet students in urban and other peri-urban communities