Report of International Day of the Girl-Child held by Save the African Child Development Initiative at Sweet Sensation, Ibara, Abeokuta on 11th October, 2012

The programme started at 11 a.m. prompt at sweet sensation, Ibara Abeokuta. It had representatives of various schools, media and Civil Society in attendance. The programme of event comprises of
- Opening prayer
- National anthem
- Introduction of guest to the high table
- Opening speech by STACDI
- Good will message from Ministry of Women Affairs
- Good will message from Ministry of Education
- First Paper: Dr. Mrs. Ashimolowo – “Respecting and Recognizing the value contributions of the girl-child in the society”
- Second paper: Mr. Adefolahan Shina “Promoting girls right and highlights gender inequalities
- Short break (Group Photography)
- Third Paper: Hon. Motunrayo Adijat Adeleye-Oladapo “ My life as a girl-child and mu success story”
- Fourth paper: Mrs. Emanuella Akinola “Recognizing girls as victims, early marriage , child labour
- Question and Answer
- What we stand for (STACDI)
- Entertainment
- Vote of thanks
- Benediction
The opening prayer was said as well as the national anthem. Guests were introduced to the high table while the opening speech was delivered by the Executive Chairman STACDI. Good will messages were delivered by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Ministry of Education.
Dr. Mrs. Ashimolowo delivered the first paper titled “Respecting and Recognizing the value contributions of the girl-child in the society. The paper highlighted the chores performed by the girl child as well as the position God places the women. Paper also touched on success stories on girls in Nigeria, success stories from other land on what has been done to improve the welfare of children. Last but not the least, her paper dwelt on how the values of the girl-child can be recognized such as women and girls mentoring other girls, free education, free lunch programme in schools, advocacy and awareness creation, implementation of the laws and acts that promotes the welfare of the girl-child etc.

Mr. Adefolahan of WOCON in his paper highlighted the various policies of the government and international bodies aimed at protecting the welfare of children in general. He stressed the need for the society to recognize the rights of the girl-child as well as mark out modalities to ensure that she is well protected. Honourable Adijat Akinola in her presentation discussed her life as a young girl. She encouraged girls in general to remain focused towards achieving their God given potentials. Mrs. Akinola Emmanuela talked about the need for the society to recognize girls as victims on the society. There is need to Shawn all forms of discriminations such as early marriage and child labour in our society. There was question and answer time in which school children asked salient questions that border on the welfare of the girl child. The Honorable member present was commended on her efforts aimed at influencing bills passed within the state. She was also encouraged to take steps towards ensuring that the girl-child is better placed in the state, for instance the implementation of free lunch programme in our schools.

Mr. Opeyemi Olowookere of Save the African Child Development initiative took the audience through what STACDI stands for. There was entertainment as well as vote of thanks. Group pictures were taken thereafter. Meeting ended 1:00p.m.