What is International Day of the Girl?

What is International Day of the Girl?

In our usual practice, Yarang Llamisi Foundation is pleased to announce a call for submissions for the annual International Day of the Girl Child Essay Competition for secondary school students in Gombe State. The essay competition encourages critical thinking towards proposing solutions to girl child challenges in Nigeria. 

 

YLF International Day of the Girl Essay Writing Competition

Theme: Empowering Girls for a Brighter Tomorrow

In celebration of the 2023 International Day of the Girl Child, YLF is excited to invite all girls currently
attending secondary schools in Gombe State to participate in an inspiring essay writing competition.

Competition Categories:

Group A (Girls ages 11 to 13) – For our youngest aspiring writers.

Group B (Girls ages 14 to 17) – For our older, more experienced writers.

Prizes:

1st Place (Group A and Group B): N50,000 + Certificate

2nd Place (Group A and Group B): N35,000 + Certificate

3rd Place (Group A and Group B): N20,000 + Certificate

Overall Best Essay: Additional N15,000

Essay Guidelines:

  1. Your essay should be 500 words long (excluding the title and bibliography).
  2. Essays must be submitted in English.
  3. Essays will be judged on creativity, clarity, relevance to the theme, and originality.
  4. Plagiarism is strictly prohibited. All entries will be screened for plagiarism, and any plagiarized essays will be disqualified.

How to Enter:

  1. Choose your category (Group A or Group B).
  2. Each entry must include your details: Full name, age, school, email address and reachable phone number.
  3. Write your essay on the theme: Empowering Girls for a Brighter Tomorrow.

Group A (Ages 11 to 13):
The Power of Friendship: How Supporting and Empowering Each Other Can Create a Brighter Tomorrow

Group B (Ages 14 to 17):
Breaking Barriers: Overcoming Challenges to Achieve Gender Equality and Empowerment

4. Submit your essay to info@ylf-ng.org or via WhatsApp on +44 7437 693985 by 1st October 2023.

Important Dates:

  • Essay Submission Deadline: 1st October 2023
  • Winners Announcement: TBC

Join us in celebrating the International Day of the Girl Child and let your words inspire positive change in
your community and beyond. We look forward to reading your thought-provoking essays!

Empower yourself through writing and be part of the change. Your voice matters!

For inquiries and more information, please contact info@ylf-ng.org or via WhatsApp on +44 7437
693985

Let’s make this year’s International Day of the Girl Child a celebration of young voices and empowerment. Start writing your essays today, and together, we can build a brighter tomorrow for girls everywhere! 

YLF End of Year Newsletter 2022

YLF End of Year Newsletter 2022

As we draw close to the end of 2022 we can’t help but look back in amazement at what Yarang Llamisi Foundation (YLF) has accomplished. To be honest, never in our wildest dreams could we have hoped for such staggering outcomes in a year that has been riddled with so many challenges and hardships, and we know it’s because of the magnanimous support that we have received from everyone that has keyed into our vision and we say a big THANK YOU! You have made this year remarkable, and unforgettable and most importantly, you’ve partnered with us to change lives. Because of you, we end 2022 on a high note, and just so you know how much you have impacted us, here are highlights of what our journey with you has produced this year:

On the 1st March 2022

We celebrated the first year anniversary of the Vocational Training Centre. In just one year of operations, we have trained and graduated 174 women and girls in various trades. In fact, just when we thought we had to close shop due to scarce resources, we made a passionate appeal for sponsorship of our women and the response was overwhelming. Each woman at the vocational centre got a free ride and had the tools and materials available to practice and hone their trade.

As we do, each year, we marked the International Women’s Day, with an event to commemorate the importance of empowering women. The theme this year was “breaking the bias” and Barrister Martha Innocent, the founder of Advocacy for Children’s Right Initiative, joined forces with YLF and our amazing staff, beneficiaries and supporters to highlight what these “biases” are and how they affect not just our women, but the entire community. It was a colourful day, which was graced with a display of the unique Tera cultural heritage, showcasing our traditional dancers, and our titled elder women within the community. 

In June 2022

We held exams for the Cosmetology students and we were not disappointed. We have seen a hunger in our students to elevate themselves beyond their present circumstances. They have met our efforts to train them with equal dedication to learning. The students excelled and were awarded certificates by the Adult and Non-Formal Education Board.

In July 2022

We caught the attention of the National Commission for Mass Education, Adult and Non-Formal, who paid us a visit all the way from Abuja. Their arrival to Gombe State was to assess the level of engagement of the State Government and NGOs, and we were humbled to be considered in the assessment. We took them around to the various parts of the YLF Center to see the work that we are doing in our community and received a commendation from them for our dedication and the support we give to the community and the State. This visit led to an invitation to Abuja to mark the International Literacy Day 2022.

With YLF now being firmly established and becoming a household name within Gombe State, in August 2022, NYSC Corp Members within the community paid a formal visit to the YLF Centre, with an offer to provide support to YLF in her ongoing pursuits within the community. This was indeed an honour because this opens up an avenue for YLF to get additional voluntary support from the NYSC at the YLF Centre, going forward.

Maintaining this momentum and ensuring that YLF continues to have visibility, September 2022 brought about the participation in the International Literacy Day, which was held in Abuja and hosted by the National Commission for Mass Education, Adult and Non-Formal; where the theme “Transforming Literacy Learning Spaces” was advocated, and YLF was able to explore how this might be implemented in Yamaltu/Deba LGA, Gombe State for the betterment of our women and the community.

In September 2022

We ran our annual essay writing competition in commemoration of the International Day of the Girl Child. This year was a big deal as it marked the 10th year anniversary of international focus on issues pertaining to girls’ rights globally. The theme was “Our Time Is Now – Our Rights Our Future”  and we invited girls all over Gombe to participate in the essay writing competition which culminated in a ceremony on the 13th of October 2022 where we had three outstanding winners whose essays completely blew us away. 

In the first position was Fatima Sani Jauro of Pen Resource Academy Gombe who made a presentation of her winning essay at the event.

In second place was Aisha Bello Mahdi of Gombe International School;

and in Third place, was Ndazibari Charles of Evangel College Gombe.

These young girls reminded us of the importance of what we do, to impact the next generation for sustainable change that brings about the development of our people. They were awarded scholarships and gifts.

Year End

We ended the year with a grand graduation of 116 women and girls from the YLF Vocational Training Centre.

We were able to gift 5 of our most outstanding students with sewing machines which were donated to YLF by the distinguished Senator Alh. Muhammad Danjuma Goje(Sarkin Yakin Gombe) represented by Hon.Tanimu  Usman (Bunun Deba).

The Senator also donated five grinding machines which we were able to distribute to some widows within the community, to empower them to create income in support of their families.

YLF Graduation 2022

The graduation ceremony exceeded our expectations, certificates of achievement were awarded and seeing the joy in the graduates’ faces fueled our resolve to come back stronger next in 2023. 

The Founder of YLF, Mrs Sarah Haruna Moda gave the closing address, she congratulated the graduates and encouraged them to keep up the momentum and by ensuring the skills they learned are put to good use. She assured them that this will not be a final goodbye, as provision had been made in the Center for them to return and use the facilities for their work. The graduates have all been provided with 2 sets of starter packs, so they are adequately mobilised to start their business. The founder’s speech culminated in a vote of thanks to

everyone that has made it to the event and for a childhood dream she had a reality.

We have begun something incredible, but we are not so conceited to think that we have arrived here on our own merit, we know it’s down to your support and it is our hope that you will continue to support us and keep this momentum going, until Yamaltu/Deba Local Government stands as a shining example which spreads throughout Gombe State, that we become the pride and joy whom other States in Nigeria look to and say “we can do that too!”. 

We at YLF are greatly humbled and encouraged by the support we have received from all our well-wishers, friends, partners,and volunteers. We wish you a wonderful 2023 and look forward to our continued partnership.

What is International Day of the Girl?

What is International Day of the Girl?

Since 2012, The United Nations has marked October 11th as the International Day of the Girl. This annual campaign is used to shine a light on the challenges girls face while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.

This year, we commemorate the 10th anniversary of the International Day of the Girl (IDG). In these last 10 years, 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 humanitarian 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. COVID-19 has worsened existing burdens on girls around the world and worn away 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 change-makers 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. 

In our usual practice, Yarang Llamisi Foundation is pleased to announce a call for submissions for the annual International Day of the Girl Child Essay Competition for secondary school students in Gombe State. The essay competition encourages critical thinking towards proposing solutions to girl child challenges in Nigeria. 

YLF International Day of the Girl Essay Writing Competition

To participate in this competition, our young ladies will be required to write a short essay of not more than 500 words on the theme “Our Time Is Now – Our Rights Our Future” exploring the social and cultural practices in Gombe that are harmful to girls at the moment, that could impact their future; and, ways to protect girls’ rights from these practices so they can have a bright future, for a chance to win a Computer Tablet and receive an educational grant worth N50,000 and other consolation prizes.

Topic

“What social and cultural practices in Gombe are harmful to girls now, that could impact their future tomorrow; and, what can be done now to protect girls’ rights to ensure they have a bright future?”

Organizer

Yarang Llamisi Foundation

Prizes

Educational grant worth ₦50,000 + Other Consolation Prizes

Deadline

Sunday 2nd of October 2022

Guidelines

Must be schooling in Gombe State.

Send your essay, your full name, age, school, phone number and email address to:

  1. Via email to info@ylf-ng.org; or
  2. Via Whatsapp on +44 7437 693985

Top 10 entries will be selected and the names of winners will be uploaded online.

Top 3 entries will be posted on our website.

The contest is open to girls age 12 – 16, and they must be in secondary school in Gombe State.

Each entry must include your full details – name, school, email address, phone number.

Entries received after the end date (Sunday 2nd of October 2022) will not be considered.

What is International Day of the Girl?

What is International Day of the Girl?

Since 2012, The United Nations has marked October 11th as the  International Day of the Girl. This annual campaign is used to shine a light on the challenges girls face while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.  

In 2021 UNICEF commemorates the Generation Equality Forum (GEF), launching 5-year commitments from civil society leaders, governments, corporations and change-makers from around the world for bold gender equality impacts. At the same time, we are in the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has accelerated digital platforms for learning, earning and connecting, while also highlighting girls’ diverse digital realities. 

This year, the theme is “Digital Generation, Our Generation”. The gender digital divide in connectivity, devices and use, skills and jobs are real. It is an inequity and exclusion gap across geographies and generations. Gender equity in digital literacy is a driver of economic growth, a competitive business, and national advantage. Yet currently: 

  • The global internet user gender gap is growing, from 11 per cent in 2013 to 17 per cent in 2019, and widest in the world’s least developed countries at 43 per cent. 
  • 2.2 billion people below the age of 25 do not have internet access at home, with girls more likely to be cut off. 
  • Globally, the percentage of females among Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) graduates is below 15 per cent in over two-thirds of countries. 
  • And in middle and higher-income countries, only 14 per cent of girls who were top performers in science or mathematics expected to work in science and engineering compared to 26 per cent of top-performing boys. 
  • Only 22 per cent of Artificial Intelligence (AI) professionals globally are women, a massive gender gap in who is currently at the heart of designing the algorithms that will impact all of our lives. 

This is our challenge to address, if the digital revolution is to be for all, with all, by all. We must seize the momentum to drive action and accountability of GEF commitments made, for and with girls to achieve a bold vision of bridging the digital gender divide.

In celebration of the 2021 International Day of the Girl Child, Yarang Llamisi Foundation is pleased to announce a call for submissions for the annual International Day of the Girl Child Essay Competition for secondary school students in Gombe State. 

The essay competition encourages critical thinking towards propose solutions to girl child challenges of digital learning platforms in Nigeria. 

YLF International Day of the Girl Essay Writing Competition

To participate in this competition, our young ladies will be required to write a short essay of not more than 500 words on the theme “Digital Generation, Our Generation” exploring the importance of bridging the gender digital divide in Nigeria and what the Nigerian Government can do to help, for a chance to win a Computer Tablet and receive an educational grant worth N50,000.

Topic

“The importance of bridging the gender digital divide in Nigeria and what the Nigerian Government can do to help”.

Organizer

Yarang Llamisi Foundation

Prizes

A Computer Tablet and educational grant worth ₦50,000 + Other Consolation Prizes

Deadline

Friday, 2nd of October, 2021

Guidelines

Must be schooling in Gombe State.

Send your essay, your full name, age, school, phone number and email address to:

  1. Via email to info@ylf-ng.org; or
  2. Via Whatsapp on +44 7437 693985

Top 10 entries will be selected and the names of winners will be uploaded online.

Top 3 entries will be posted on our website.

The contest is open to girls age 12 – 16, and they must be in secondary school in Gombe State.

Each entry must include your full details – name, school, email address, phone number.

Entries received after the end date (Friday, 2nd of October, 2021) will not be considered.

Vocational Training Maiden Graduation Ceremony

Vocational Training Maiden Graduation Ceremony

Dear Well-wishers, Friends, Donors and Volunteers.

We are excited to tell you about the Maiden Graduation Ceremony of the Yarang Llamisi Foundation (YLF) Vocational Training Centre, which held on the 26th of June, 2021 in Zambuk town of Yamaltu/Deba Local Government in Gombe State, Nigeria.

We are thrilled to announce that we graduated 58 women and girls who have now acquired the vocational skills needed in beginning their journey towards entrepreneurship.

The Founder of YLF Mrs Sarah Haruna Moda, the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees; Mrs Rhoda Sulai, who was ably represented by Mr Jesse Sulai hosted the merry event. Other YLF Board members physically and virtually present were Rev. Dr Isa Ahmadu Zambuk, Mrs Hassana Mele Ali, Mrs Hauwa Saleh Daudu, Dr Ibrahim Barhama Boyi, Mr Umaru Mele and Barr. Kaahassa Istifanus Zabadi luminaries in their own right, made it to the event to show their support and give their stamp of approval on the activities of the Foundation so far.

The event surpassed our expectations, we couldn’t have been more pleased with the welcome, love and support that was shown to us by everyone who made the time to come, particularly the residents of our beautiful hometown.

We would be remiss not to mention the pride we feel in our people and the way we have come together to ensure that our women and girls are encouraged and empowered to pursue and lead better lives.

The event was moderated by the talented Mrs Rebecca Caleb Ojukwu who eloquently made the event as fun and engaging as possible.

Mrs Ojukwu was assisted by Alhaji Sulaiman Mohammed PL, the coordinator of the YLF Vocational Training Centre who equally made a great representation of the vision and mission of the Foundation.

Rev. Magaji Mahdi and Malam Garba Sarkin Malaman Zambuk opened the event with Prayers.

Malama Mary Mele; Principal Coordinator of the YLF Vocational Training Centre gave the welcome address where she appreciated everyone for taking out time to grace the event and wished everyone the best in their endeavours.

Alhaji Sulaiman Mohammed PL followed with a brief history of the vocational centre and the value it brings to the community.
Alhaji Sulaiman also mentioned all the contributions that the Foundation had made since its inception in June 2020.

The graduating students were awarded a certificate of achievement presented by Hajiya Hassana Mele Ali and Mrs Hauwa Sale Daudu.

The Traditional Dancers from Zambuk town graced us with a display of the famous Tera cultural Dance and Music.

Mr Jesse Sulai, gave a speech on behalf of the Chairperson Board of Trustees YLF, exhorting the graduates to seize the opportunity and ensure that they successfully improved their lives, the lives of their family members and the community at large.

He also encouraged them to pay forward the investment YLF had made in them by lifting others up so that together we not only survive but thrive.

Mrs Pauline J Doka followed suit and gave the graduants and all other women and girls present a charge to take community development personally.

She encouraged everyone to buy homemade products, and to support the local industry so the wealth can circulate within the community to the benefit of all.

Mrs Salamatu B. Mele fondly gave a more personal address regarding the strengths of the YLF founder and how blessed she is to have raised the woman that has become a blessing to her generation.

Mrs Kande Danjuma and Miss Christiana Audu Kudi (graduants) shared their experience learning in the vocational training centre and how it had already greatly impacted their lives.

Mrs Yarang Daniel and Hajiya Fatsuma Galadima, both tutors at the YLF Vocational Training Centre also gave an appreciation speech to the Founder of YLF and the BOT, for being given the opportunity to share their knowledge and skills and to empower other women.

Rev Magaji Mahdi blessed the occasion by giving a goodwill message and thanking everyone present for playing a part in YLF’s vision and mission for Zambuk town, Yamaltu/Deba LGA, Gombe State and Nigeria at large. He rightly noted that YLF will be a beacon of hope and shining light to other communities in Gombe State as it is his prayer that the community continues to partner with YLF so together we can achieve greater things.

The Founder of YLF, Mrs Sarah Haruna Moda gave the closing address which was a brief overview of the next steps for the Vocational Training Center.

For the graduates, she assured them that this will not be a final goodbye, as provision had been made in the Center for them to return and use the facilities for their work. A room has been set aside with the equipment needed to keep honing their skills and produce clothing for their clients. The Center will also make available, mentors to follow up with them and see how they are applying what they had learned. The graduates have all been provided with a starter pack, so they are adequately mobilised to start their business.

Lastly, a new batch of students that will be learning sewing and knitting are set

to commence their training on the 2nd of August 2021. She encouraged men to support women, and women to put effort to perfect their skills and ultimately become self-reliant.

We at YLF are greatly humbled and encouraged by the support we have received from all our well- wishers, friends, partners, volunteers, sponsors, and donors. This event and the vocational centre itself would not have been possible without your generous gifts to Yarang Llamisi Foundation. We are delighted to have your support. And we look forward to going on this journey with you and achieving great things!