A week in the life of a 16-year-old girls’ education advocate from Nigeria
Looking around her home town in Waru, Nigeria, Peace Ayo saw how poverty, child marriage and expensive tuition fees forced her peers out of the classroom. Peace knew the transformative power of a quality education — and she also knew that her community wasn’t going to change unless someone spoke out. So she did.
With her father, Peace founded the organisation, Youth Advocate for Sustainable Development, to help girls in Waru go to school. She teaches girls how to speak out for their rights, works with parents to eliminate gender biases, advocates to make sanitary pads free and provides out-of-school girls with scholarships. Through her work with YouthhubAfrica, an organisation supported by Malala Fund, Peace mentors other girls on how to become education advocates in their own communities.
Last year, Peace took her fight for girls’ education to London where she joined Malala Fund at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. During her remarks, Peace spoke about the challenges girls face when going to school and asked Commonwealth leaders to invest in 12 years of free, safe, quality education.
In Roll Call, Peace takes us on a tour of her community, introduces her family and describes her work to see every girl in school.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Peace Ayo is 16-year-old student and girls’ education activist from Nigeria. She hopes to be a TV presenter and speak for those who don’t have the opportunity to be heard.