Secondary school student at quiz competition on SGBV ©

Humanitarian Innovation Foundation 

December 2020

A 'School Quiz Challenge' was organised to strengthen the knowledge of secondary school students on sexual and gender-based violence. The initiative was led by the Humanitarian Innovation Foundation (HIF) with support from the Managing Conflict in Nigeria (MCN) Programme.

Secondary school students are among the most vulnerable to sexual and gender-based violence in Nigeria. According to data from the sexual assault referral centres, over 70% of victims are under 18 years of age*. 

Over 48 students and 32 teachers from 16 schools in Maiduguri, Damaturu and Yola participated in the competition. The quiz tested the knowledge of the students on sexual offences, how to prevent SGBV and the required action when it occurs. The competition encouraged the students to research SGBV and create awareness among the teams and the schools.

The initiative took place as part of the 16 Days of Activism campaign from 25 November to 10 of December 2020. The schools battled it out over four quiz rounds. The winning school was the Federal Government Girls College in Yola and prizes were awarded to the top three schools at the closing ceremony on 10 December. 

During the quiz competition, the students were encouraged to lend their voices through video and pictures to create awareness about sexual and gender-based violence.

'We should create awareness. Any gender violence case should be taken seriously.' Student

'The main cause of gender-based violence is inequality and discrimination.' Student

Watch the 'Students Speak' video produced by HIF with MCN support. 

*Between July 2013 and September 2020, the SARCs have assisted over 15,000 victims of sexual assault (over 70% of victims being under 18 years of age).