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Merck Foundation marks an International Day of the Girl Child and support Girl education in partnership with The First Lady of Liberia

14 Oct 2022 11:49 IST

Monrovia [Liberia]/ Bombay (Maharashtra) [India]October 14 (ANI/BusinessWire India): Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, marks an “International Day of the Girl Child” through their “Educating Linda” program, which supports girls’ education (#yesforGirl Education) and ends child marriage ( #EndChildMarriage) by helping young girls who are underprivileged but brilliant continue their education.
Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and also an executive director of the song, said: “We at Merck Foundation celebrate Girl Child Day every day through our continued efforts with our partners, African First ladies to support the ‘Educating Linda’ program in their country, which is part of our ‘More Than a Mother’ campaign I believe that an educated girl will live a healthy life, save lives, create a stronger family, earn a better income, make informed choices make her community stronger, lift her land and reduce inequalities However, it has been found that many girls drop out of school due to many challenges such as: lack of necessities such as school fees and uniforms. Therefore, as part of the ‘Educating Linda’- program, in collaboration with the African First Ladies, who are also the ambassadors of the Merck Foundation’s ‘More Than a Mother’ campaign, we have contributed to the future of thousands of girls by providing scholarships and essential school supplies in many African countries.”

“In addition, I am very happy and excited to share that HE CLAR MARIE WEAH, the First Lady of Liberia, also the Ambassador of Merck Foundation More Than a Mother, distributed essential school supplies to more than 450 school-age girls on the occasion of this important day in Liberia. The items have been provided by Merck Foundation as part of our Educating Linda project. More will be distributed in the near future, in addition, we will provide scholarships to 20 underprivileged but brilliant Liberian girls to continue their school education.” added Senator Rasha Kelej.

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As part of the Educating Linda Program, Merck Foundation in partnership with the African First Ladies has provided scholarships to young girls in many countries such as Burundi, Central African Republic, DRC, Ghana, Gambia, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Zambia and Zimbabwe . Merck Foundation has also supplied 3,000 sets of essential school supplies for girls’ schools in many countries such as Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria and Zambia. Each of the recipients will receive a set containing 1 ruler, 3 pencils, 2 erasers, 1 sharpener, 1 pen, 6 colored pencils, 1 triangular ruler, 1 protractor and 1 cloth bag.

Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej further emphasized: “In partnership with the African First Ladies, we have built capacity in healthcare by training healthcare providers in many medical specialties. More than 1470 medical graduates have benefited from this program to date. We are proud that of these more than 650 are female medical graduates, this is almost 50 percent of the total number of beneficiaries, which is a great milestone for us.
In addition, we emphasized the importance of supporting girls’ education through “Our Africa by Merck Foundation”, a pan-African TV program broadcast across the continent and available on our social media.”

Merck Foundation also announced the MARS Awards to recognize and recognize ‘Best African Female Researchers’ and ‘Best Young African Researcher’. The aim is to empower women and young African researchers, increase their research capacity and promote their contribution to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

In addition, Merck Foundation has released many inspiring storybooks and songs for children in support of girls’ education.

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1. Watch, share and subscribe the “Like Them” song sung by Kenneth, a famous singer from Uganda here:
2. Watch, share and subscribe the song “Take me to School”, sung by Wezi, Afro soul singer from Zambia, in support of girls’ education:
3. Check out and subscribe the Portuguese song “Tu Podes Sim” which means “Yes, You Can” in English by Mozambique singers Blaze and Tamyris Moiane in English here:

4. Watch, share & subscribe the song “ABC, 123” by Sean K from Namibia:
5. Watch, share and subscribe here the song “Girl Can”, sung by two famous singers, Irene and Cwezi from Liberia and Ghana respectively:
6. Read Jackline’s Rescue Storybook here:
7. Read the Educational Linda Storybook, here:
8. Read Ride Into The Future here:
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