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Over 40,000 Students To Benefit From Huawei’s E-learning Center Initiative



Joel Ajayi
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. has consciously and consistently pulled great efforts in supporting the development of Nigeria owing to the astronomical growth in the youth population. The 21st century has seen the rapid advancement in technology revolutionizing the world and Nigeria is not left out. 

Huawei’s vision in Nigeria is to create an ICT ecosystem which will form the foundation in the digitalization plan for the nearest future. This is important given that advancement in digital technology knowledge will facilitate the national economic diversification plan and also provide job opportunities for Nigerian youths.

Huawei has been on the Nigeria soil for over 21 years. The company has donated state of the art ICT equipment to over 20 schools and ICT educational institutions across Nigeria through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). 

One of which was the remodeling of the ICT lab donated to the Government Secondary School, Ilorin, Kwara State. Speaking to the press, the National President of the Old Boys Association stated that it gladdens the heart of the students and teachers in the great institution to know that the students can digitally communicate, create, disseminate, store and manage information while teaching and learning via ICT.

The lives of the students of Ogedengbe High School of Sciences was affected by the kind gesture of Huawei one of the oldest serving schools in Ilesa, Osun State by providing new science laboratories, internally generated electricity, water supply, tables and chairs. 

The School Principal, Mrs. Felicia Orimoogunje, lauded Huawei for the supportive development of Nigeria through technology innovation, knowledge transfer, talents training and CSR activities. She stated that Huawei has improved the knowledge and exposure of over seven hundred senior secondary school students and placed them on a pedestrian for success in the nearest future. 

Recently, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd, in partnership with the Special Intervention Program on Communal and Societal Development (SIPCOD) upgraded and equipped an E-learning Centre to with 58 state-of-the-art computers among others in Sardauna Memorial College, Kaduna State. This gesture was to enable to student compete favorably in the global world.

The principal of the school, Mr. Jamare Tukar stated that since the upgrade of the E-Learning centre, the teachers have had a splendid time imparting knowledge to 1,022 students. The students can now compete favorably with their counterparts in the world. 

He further explained that the E-Learning Centre has gone a long way in bridging the Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) gap in the school. Huawei has stayed committed to the lives of Nigerians across different social classes.

 Through Huawei’s CSR programmes ample opportunities have been extended to students across Nigeria. Students now have a chance of being successful in ICT.

 Huawei will continue to invest in this collaboration with various schools. The beneficiaries of this initiative is expected to increase greatly and continously as various e-learning centers would be built across Nigeria.

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What Menstrual Health Means to Nigerian Girls from Low-Income Families in 2024



By Margaret Aladeselu, Nguvu Collective Change Leader

Period poverty affects many girls and women from low-income families in Nigeria. While economic challenges often take precedence over social issues, the silent struggle of period poverty remains largely unacknowledged. In fact, many people are not even aware of what period poverty is. Simply put, it refers to the inability of menstruators to afford sanitary products, which impedes their ability to manage their menstrual health with dignity and ease.

Period poverty affects millions of girls and women in Nigeria, particularly those from low-income and marginalised communities. In 2022, recognising the need for change, I took the initiative to launch a petition and lead a campaign on menstrual hygiene in Nigeria, urging tax exemption on sanitary products and access to indispensable menstrual hygiene provisions for every woman, with the aim of finding sustainable solutions for countless young women in Nigeria, who experience inadequate access to essential menstrual hygiene resources due to financial constraints. The potential impact of this campaign is significant: it would not only alleviate the financial burden on menstruators but also foster greater accessibility to sanitary pads and tampons for young girls and women across the nation.

The recent economic downturn has significantly worsened the alarming situation of individuals living in poverty. The rising costs of living, coupled with the depreciation of currency values, have rendered basic necessities, such as sanitary pads, increasingly unaffordable for many, resulting in a sharp increase in period poverty. As a result, the number of girls who can no longer afford sanitary products has likely doubled, making menstrual hygiene a luxury that many low-income families can no longer afford.

To address this issue, I co-founded Period Padi, an NGO dedicated to ending period poverty one girl at a time, and we organised an outreach program to provide free menstrual products to school girls from low-income families. Our goal is to reach at least 1,000 girls by the end of the year. During our first outreach program, we had the opportunity to speak with some of the girls and understand their perspectives on menstrual health. Unfortunately, their responses were not encouraging. Many of them expressed a sense of resignation, with some admitting to using rags or toilet paper in the absence of sanitary pads. The free pads we provided, although in small quantities, were a huge relief for them.

However, addressing period poverty goes beyond simply distributing free pads; it depends on policymakers taking action to prioritise the well-being of menstruators and removing taxes on sanitary products. Unfortunately, many people don’t realise how big of an issue this is for millions of girls in Nigeria. But for me, it’s personal. I see these girls struggling every day, with their families barely able to afford food, let alone menstrual products. It’s time we all recognise the urgency of this problem and work together to find solutions.

As we reflect on World Menstrual Health Day, let us not only acknowledge the stark realities of period poverty but also commit to concerted action. By prioritising menstrual health as a fundamental human right, we can catalyse transformative change and pave the way for a more equitable and dignified future for all Nigerian girls and women.

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