The Problem

In 2017 in Nigeria, 43% of girls were married off before the age of 18. 17% are married before they turn 15. Nigeria is the 11th highest nation in the world for number of child marriages.

With child marriage, school dropout and gender-based violence on the rise in underserved communities in Benue, Nigeria, girls of school age like – insert name suffer the possibility of dropping out of school due to lack of proper sensitization and communication barriers hindering implementation of interventions to increase educational access for girls and curb child marriage.

Often times, child brides suffer extreme sexual abuse, child labor, and childbirth complications leading to death in some cases.


Also most children and adults altogether cannot read and write which hampers development in rural communities and increase inequalities which affect more women and girls.

The International organisations have invested so much into creating impact in communities but much have not been done due to communication and language barriers as most stakeholders in communities neither understand English nor the delivery methods and so they are unable to engage effectively with the projects and own them.

Our Approach

Ivy is an art based project using illustrative storytelling and cultural dialogue to break language and communication barriers hindering effective implementation of interventions in rural communities with a campaign against child marriage and school dropout.

With our 69 page IVY illustration book publication which captures the tale of a 16 year old girl who is forced out of school and traded into marriage. The tale explores child marriage, child birth complications, sexual abuse, school dropout and struggle for education.

The book has been adapted to a short film which was selected and screened at the Inshort International Film Festival, 2018.

The book and film, along with a detailed curriculum guide serves as a resource material for advocating for increased access to education for girls and campaign against child marriage.

IVY is an African Union Education Innovation Finalist for 2019, the award was held in Gaborone, Botswana.

                                (57,600 people)  (18 communities).

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Samuel Ioron Foundation -SIF is a nonprofit organisation based in Nigeria, increasing educational access for girls living in rural communities, promoting inclusive and qualitative education, wellbeing of teenagers and equal access to opportunities.


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