Bala

Balaraba Sidi is 14 years old, known to her friends as Balla for short. She came first in every assessment we did and is simply enchanting. She lives with her parents and two sisters. Her father works as a security guard for a household in Lagos. The owner of the house allows the family of five to use one room outside the main building – this is their home.

Bala is Hausa, from the north of Nigeria. It took three visits, an interpreter and a lot of reassurance to convince her father to let Balla go to secondary school, although the mother was very keen. We reassured Balla’s father that she would come home during every holiday and that she would continue to practice her Muslim faith. Balla will be attending Caleb secondary school this September.

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Bala

It took three visits and two interpreters to convince Bala's father to let his clever daughter attend secondary school. Sadly, the gender gap is still an issue in enrollment levels. However, Bala's father was also worried about strangers 'falsely' promising education. We did manage to convince him in the end. Bala is now also at Caleb International School.

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Fact File

Name

Balaraba Sidi

Age

14

Home Town

Lagos

School

Caleb International

Term Results

English

B

Maths

C

Science

A

French

A

Computer Studies

A

Religious Studies

B

Social Science

C

Art

A