The Australian High Commission in collaboration with Pearls Africa Youth Foundation marked the International Day of the Girl through an event held on the 14th of October, 2017 themed, “The Importance of Girl Child Education in Nigeria”. The event brought together, 75 girls from different communities in Lagos state to be mentored through an interactive panel discussion by women professionals who are experts in their various fields of study within the Arts and Sciences.

The event raised awareness on possible programs, policies and services that can be developed to meet specific educational needs of the Nigerian girl child.


On Saturday, September 30th, 2017, Pearls Africa Foundation hosted the book reading of Mrs Doyin Olorunfemi’s book ‘A letter to my Daughters – Be the Best You’. The event was an auspicious one as Mrs Olorunfemi had travelled from the United Kingdom especially to discuss her book and take questions from an eager audience.

Questions were taken from the floor where various concerns were raised based on the challenges faced by the girls present, bordering on gender discrimination and how to handle cases of sexual harassment in their schools. The session was very interactive as some of the 73 girls in attendance got to share the affirmative notes they had written about themselves with the rest of the audience.

We observed that the girls were not free to express themselves till the men in the audience were excused. Questions were answered by Mrs Doyin Olorunfemi, Mrs Abisoye Ajayi and other women leaders present at the event.


Transforming Learning, Empowering Africa Changemakers Convening Workshop was held in partnership with Ashoka Africa on Thursday, 21st September. The full day workshop featured 47 professionals passionate about the Nigerian education system brainstorming on ideas and policies that encourage changemaking in the curriculum.

The discussions led to a 5 breakout sessions led by Facilitators on topics covering Creating demand, Making space in the curriculum, Training and supporting teachers, Spreading good practice and Changing how we measure. It was also a great avenue for the participants to network.

The facilitators who were drawn based on their expertise and general interest in Education included Saudat Salami, Joseph Agunbiade, Nkem Begho, Bellarose Okojie and Kunbi Adeoye. The moderator for the day was Abisoye Ajayi, the founder of Pearl Africa Foundation.