IBREATHE Helps girls return to school

IBREATHE (Initiative for Building a Resourceful and Ethical Africa through Human empowerment) is embarking on an ambitious project to help 150 girls in rural and underserved communities across Nigeria return to schools.

Girl’s education is a human right. It is also our responsibility. Educating girls contributes significantly to the development of a stable, prosperous and healthy nation whose citizens are active, productive and empowered. Education is a sustainable means in alleviating poverty and in bringing lasting change. Girl’s education spurs exponential positive effects on social and economic development for generations to come. This is because children of educated women are more likely to go to school.

Yet Data indicates that in Nigeria:

  • Over 5.5million girls are out of school (UNESCO 2014).
  • The net enrollment rate at primary school level is 56% for girls and 61% for boys (UNESCO 2014).

When girls lack access to education, this results in poverty, violence, abuse, exploitation, and other unpleasant outcomes. Poverty in association with its attendant challenges especially gender discrimination of girls in acquiring education contributes to the high number of girls out of school.

One of IBREATHE’s priority in promoting sustainable development and eradicating poverty is empowering target beneficiaries through the provision of quality education.

A key educational metric in every society is the dropout rate. This project adopts an approach to address some of the root causes of drop out by girls so that they can stay in school and finish their education. And they are

  • Learning materials e.g. books, biros, pencils
  • School uniforms, stockings, sandals, school bags
  • Sanitary towel
  • Tuition fees

 At IBREATHE we selected four communities in four states in Nigeria to carry out a pilot project of helping 150 girls go back to school. The states in Nigeria we work are Kaduna, Enugu, Calabar and Anambra. We identify disadvantaged but promising young girls for the project by partnering with schools, and selected communities in the four states.  


  • Through sourcing for scholarship opportunities for target beneficiaries and enrolling the girls into the scholarship program while monitoring their progress
  • Through fundraising events and donations
  • Through partnership and collaboration, sponsorship with and from schools, government, For-profit organizations, NGOs and individuals


  • Sponsoring a girl child’s education through monthly giving.
  • Donating items (books, sandals, sanitary towels, school bags etc.) to help girls remain in school.
  • Fundraising for the project

Students at Bigqua girls’ government secondary school, Calabar, Nigeria asserting their rights to education.


  • The Edwin Odika Foundation


In Kaduna state we partner with La Memoir Academie to enroll beneficiaries Vera Kefas and her sister Rosemary Kefas into the nursery and primary school respectively. When Vera and Rosemary Kefas lost their father, the left town with their mother and moved to their village at kagarko where they have been out of school for two years. Through our project they were identified and have been integrated back to school, and are doing well in their respective classes.

Rosemary and Vera Kefas
Rosemary Kefas giving a presentation for the Christmas end of year party
Vera and Rosemary Kefas with their school mates

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