© BRENT STIRTON

CHIBOK GIRLS  ·  NIGERIA

The Islamist group known as Boko Haram – which translates as “Western education is forbidden” – made headlines around the world in 2014 by abducting 276 girls from their school in the town of Chibok. But its devastating impact on the educational prospects of young people in north-east Nigeria goes far wider and deeper.

As well as the thousands they have killed, Boko Haram’s attacks on schools and villages have forced an estimated 800,000 children to flee their homes with their families. Most are now internally displaced in Nigeria, while some crossed the border into Cameroon, Niger or Chad. The communities which are giving them refuge are generally not receiving support to help their educational systems to cope.

Blue Rose Compass® supports the efforts of the Safe Schools Initiative to establish the wider right to education in areas threatened by Boko Haram. Our own specific aim is to make sure that the most gifted students get a chance to develop the skills that will help them to build a more stable and prosperous future, for themselves and their communities.

Around the world, Blue Rose Compass identifies outstandingly talented young refugees and displaced people, and enables them to get a top university education and jobs on graduation. In return, we ask them to commit to finding future opportunities to help rebuild their country. We are already working on scholarships and internships for high school girls from Chibok, and aim to raise funds to help hundreds more.