The Chibok Girls Educational Fund
Working with us to bring these girls a brighter future
On April 14, 2014, at 10 AM, 276 young schoolgirls were abducted from their classrooms at Chibok secondary school in Borno state, northeast Nigeria by Boko Haram militants. 57 girls managed to jump out of the trucks kidnapping them into the Sambisa forest bordering Cameroon, Niger, and Chad, but the other 219 girls were lost to the wilderness.
After years of government negotiations with the terrorists, 107 girls were released and returned home to their families. 112 remain as hostages, with their whereabouts unknown, and varying reports of death versus forced marriage and sightings in neighboring nations
The parents will not give up hope, and neither will the girls that are back safe. Due to the abduction, none of the girls were able to finish their secondary school education and go to university. The Nigerian government has funded 98 of the 107 girls who were released after negotiations to receive tutoring and their secondary school equivalent WAEC exam, followed by admission at the American University of Nigeria in Yola, Adamawa state, 5 hours to the south of their village. However, 9 girls declined because they fear further attacks from Boko Haram, which literally means ‘say no to western education’. The 57 girls who originally escaped were also funded by the government to receive tutoring and pass their secondary school WAEC exam, but they did not receive funding to go to university.
Global SHOUT’s background and initiative:
In 2005, in Springfield, Virginia, USA, internal medicine physician, Dr. Ali Karim, founded an NGO named Global Shout to help assist those in need of medical, education, or living assistance in impoverished nations. Recently, Ali traveled to Chibok on the 5th anniversary of the Chibok girls’ abduction to find them, and offer assistance for their further schooling. He was able to find 8 of the 9 girls who had declined schooling out of fear, and has now spearheaded a project to provide them tutoring to complete their high school education, pass their high school equivalency exam, and enroll in college.
We have hired six professional teachers in Borno state to provide secondary school education for our eight school girls. They attended classes four days per week, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, from November 2019 until the end of March 2020, before classes were suspended due the coronavirus pandemic. The girls successfully completed their JAMB examination on March 19, 2020. They registered for the WAEC examination which is necessary for college placement, but this exam was postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic.
In early 2021, the girls returned to school and completed their classes and examinations, receiving their high school equivalency degrees. The project is now completed, as the girls have decided to forego further studies at this time, partially due to the hardships resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, and they will pursue other endeavors such as joining the work force and raising their families. Some of them continue to have college aspirations which they will pursue independently at a convenient time of their own choosing. Thank you for all of your donations!
This project is completed. However feel free to join our other efforts presently underway.
This project is completed. Volunteering and donations for this program are no longer active.
The girls have received their high school equivalency degrees after passing the JAMB examination with the help of our tutors. They are now back working on their farms and some of them have married and are raising newborn children conceived during the COVID-19 pandemic. A few of the girls have college aspirations once their lives are more settled.
With your help and donations, we can make a difference