Nigeria: Chadian girl becomes first recipient of AfDB women's scholarship

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The African Development Bank’s Women’s Network (AfDBWN) has named a Chadian girl, Jeanne Dina Kitoko, 17, as the first recipient of its Women’s Scholarship Fund (WSF), according to a statement posted on the organization’s website on Tuesday.

It quoted Kitoko as saying: “This scholarship offered to me by AfDB Women’s Network will enable me pursue my higher education, will positively impact my life and that of many other young girls."

She described it as a concrete way to empower less fortunate young women like her and to promote Africa’s development.

The Chadian, who lost her father at a tender age and  lives in a remote area of the country,  has a long standing ambition’s of becoming meteorologist.

She is currently registered at the Department of Geography at the University of Moundou in Chad.

The statement said the Chadian girl was chosen by a committee at the end of rigorous selection process.

AfDB’s Women's Scholarship Fund (WSF) was initiated by the AfDBWN in 2013.

It is designed as a channel to allow Bank staff to contribute to the development of the continent and the empowerment of women, through access particularly to higher education.

The WSF aims to support the Bank’s efforts to promote inclusive growth and to respond to the challenges posed by gender inequality in Africa.
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Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The African Development Bank’s Women’s Network (AfDBWN), has announced  a Chadian girl, Jeanne Dina Kitoko, 17 as the first recipient of its Women’s Scholarship Fund (WSF), according to a statement pasted on the organization’s website.
“This scholarship offered to me by AfDB Women’s Network will enable me pursue my higher education, will positively impact my life and that of many other young girls. It is a concrete way to empower less fortunate young women like me, and to promote Africa’s development”, Kitoko was quoted as saying in the statement.
The Chadian who lost her father at a tender age and  lives in a remote area of the country,  has a long standing ambition’s of   becoming  meteorologist.
She is currently registered at the Department of Geography at the University of Moundou in Chad.
The Chadian girl was chosen by a committee, at the end of rigorous selection process.
Some of the selection criteria include, selection of the zone in the continent.  
The WSF candidates are selected by rotation of geographical zones in alphabetical  order: Central Africa, Eastern Africa, Northern Africa, Southern Africa, and Western Africa: The first zone selected is Central Africa.
Selection of the country.The first country selected is the one with the lowest enrollment ratio of women in high school. In Central Africa, the UNESCO Institute for Statistics 2012 report indicated that Chad has the lowest percentage of female students in tertiary education (15%).
The country also records the highest school dropout rate in Africa. On this basis, Chad was selected as the first beneficiary country.
AfDB’s Women's Scholarship Fund (WSF), was initiated by the AfDBWN in 2013,.
It is designed as a channel to allow Bank staff to contribute to the development of the continent, and the empowerment of women, through access particularly to higher education.
The WSF aims to support the Bank’s efforts to promote inclusive growth, but also to respond to the challenges posed by gender inequality in Africa.
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10 march 2015 20:53:59




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