On the night of April 14, Boko Haram, a radical Islamic insurgency that has declared parts of Nigeria for the Islamic caliphate, abducted more than 300 schoolgirls, more than 90% of whom have been identified as professed Christians. For months, the Nigerian military, with assistance of multiple international actors, including the United States, has searched for but not yet located nor safely returned the more than 219 girls still in captivity. Learn everything you need to know about Boko Haram’s heinous schoolgirl abduction, here.
09/13/2014 Nigeria (Leadership) – The American University of Nigeria (AUN) yesterday announced the formation of the American University of Nigeria Foundation and the launch of the #EducateOurGirls campaign to provide full scholarships to the young Nigerian girls who escaped from being kidnapped by Boko Haram.
Announcing the scholarships, President Margee Ensign, who was supported by Board of Trustees members and senior management Staff, said the #EducateOurGirls campaign will raise global awareness to the need to focus on the education of girls and boys in the North East region of Nigeria and will provide citizens across the globe with the opportunity to demonstrate unflinching support for the rights of girls and women to pursue their education in a safe environment.
“The world was shocked when so many innocent girls were kidnapped for wanting an education, and we are all angry that so many are still in captivity”, said Dr. Ensign. “Today, we are proud to announce the #EducateOurGirls campaign that will provide scholarships for the kidnapped girls who have escaped. We are asking the citizens of the world to put their money where their hashtags are and tangibly express their support for education and for protection of the human rights of these girls”.