Mumbai, Maharashtra, India and Kampala, Uganda– Business Wire India Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany launched the second episode of its first ever TV program – “Our Africa by Merck Foundation” on Saturday, April 23, 2022 on KTN, Kenya and Sunday April 24 on NTV, Uganda. The theme of the second episode is raising awareness to end child marriage and support girls’ education in Africa. “Our Africa by Merck Foundation” has received great feedback from viewers of these channels so far, with the first episode focusing on raising awareness about diabetes prevention among African communities.
Watch the promo for the second episode here: https://youtu.be/6x4SfGmPByw Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation said, “First of all, I would like to thank all the viewers and subscribers for the Amazing response we received for the first two episodes of ‘Our Africa by Merck Foundation’. Our social media is flooded with lovely and inspiring messages from viewers! The love we get from everyone is indeed very encouraging and pushing us to work harder to address sensitive social and health issues in our beloved Africa.” The second episode of the show focused on solving two important issues in Africa: – Ending the child marriage and supporting girls’ education in Africa, through our Fashion and Art with Purpose community.I strongly believe that education is a crucial factor for economic well-being in Africa and a strategy e strong not only for empowering women, but also for addressing other issues such as stopping GBV, FGM, addressing infertility stigma, and preventing STDs. Girls’ education is also the best vaccine against HIV and is considered the best investment in the global economy,” the senator, Dr. Kelej, pointed out.
In Africa, 4 out of 10 girls are forced to marry before the age of 18. Their education suffers, paving the way for another relevant problem of lack of education among the female population. Culturally, the girl child is expected to perform only domestic chores – cooking, cleaning, caring for older members of the household, carrying and caring for children, and much more, these factors affect her upbringing. and are an obstacle to his dreams and goals. in life. Other reasons such as schools located far from home, unsafe travel to school and unsanitary conditions at school are some of the reasons why girls across Africa are deprived of education.
Watch the second episode here: https://youtu.be/g5wpzOr22l0 The second episode featured popular singers – Wezi from Zambia and Kenneth from Uganda. The singers introduced a new song created to support girls’ education during the episode. Fashion designers from Senegal – Safietou Seck and Aicha Fatou Gaye featured in this episode and showcased their designs which displayed strong and relevant messages on the importance of girls’ education and the need to end girl marriage . Also featured in this episode is Merck Foundation – ABC’s popular song 123 by Sean K, Namibia to support girls’ education and encourage girls and boys to study hard and achieve their dreams.
Merck Foundation has published many inspiring children’s storybooks and songs about women empowerment supporting girls’ education.
1. Watch, Share and Subscribe the song “Girl Can” here, sung by two famous singers, Irene and Cwezi from Liberia and Ghana respectively: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LP92vAWYgs 2 Watch share & subscribe to the Portuguese song “Tu Podes Sim”, which means “Yes, You Can” in English, here, sung by two famous singers, Blaze and Tamyris Moiane, talented singers from Mozambique: https:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGWR2S-mxl4 3. Read Educating Linda Storybook, here: https://merck-foundation.com/merckfoundation/public/uploads/digital_library/1623068469_6affa28d861b48da41cf.pdf merck-foundation.com/merckfoundation /public/uploads/digital_library/1639990408_efbd2346fb16c605c12d.pdf 5. Read Ride into the Future Storybook here: https://merck-foundation.com/merckfoundation/public/uploads/digital_library/1639993429_cca7a831eeb6dbe2c1 firmly believe that girls’ education is the best investment in the global economy, when a girl is educated, she is better equipped to be financially independent. This will help her make better decisions to achieve her goals, in this journey she will also be able to take better care of her family. I am extremely proud that through the “Educating Linda” program in partnership with the First Ladies of Africa, we have been able to secure the future of hundreds of bright young female students by providing them with scholarships and grants. These scholarships and grants cover tuition, school uniforms and other essentials, including notebooks, pens and math instruments, so that these young girls can realize their potential and pursue their dreams,” explained the senator. , Dr Rasha Kelej.
Apart from the “Educating Linda” program, Merck Foundation also announced the MARS Awards to appreciate and recognize “Top African Women Researchers” and “Best Young African Researcher”. The aim is to empower African women and young researchers, advance their research capacity and promote their contribution to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej further highlighted, “In partnership with African First Ladies, we have built health care capacity by providing training to health care providers in many medical specialties. Over 1,300 medical graduates have benefited from this program to date. I am very proud that among these more than 600 are women with medical degrees. This represents almost 50% of the total number of beneficiaries, which is an important milestone for us. “At Merck Foundation, we strongly believe that education is one of the most critical areas for women’s empowerment. It is only through education that women can be stronger, healthier, independent and achieve their dreams,” added Senator Dr. Rasha.
‘Our Africa by Merck Foundation’ is a pan-African TV program which is conceptualized, produced, directed and co-hosted by Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation to feature fashion designers, singers and guests eminent in various fields. with the aim of raising awareness and creating a culture change across Africa. The show is co-hosted by Brian Mulondo from Uganda. The TV program is currently airing in Kenya, Uganda and Ghana. The show will also soon be broadcast in other African countries. Below are the details of the channels the TV show airs on: – Every Saturday at 5:30 p.m. (EAT) on KTN, Kenya – Every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. (EAT) on NTV Uganda – Every Sundays at 2 pm on (GMT) GHOne TV, Ghana Watch the promo of ‘Our Africa by Merck Foundation’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOdXqQUdkm8 upcoming episodes of ‘OUR AFRICA by Merck Foundation’ TV show. So stay tuned and be prepared to be informed, healthy and entertained!” concluded the senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej.
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To see the image, click on the link below: Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation with a fashion designer from Senegal presenting a drawing Supporting girls’ education during the filming of the episode 2 of “Our Africa by Merck Foundation” PWR PWR
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