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Girls Leadership and entrepreneurship network (GLEN)

GLEN project teaches young girls -mostly high-school-age students how to think like leaders and to become entrepreneurs.

Girls' Leadership and Entrepreneurship Network works through school clubs that gives girls in schools opportunities to contribute actively to global issues, develop their leadership skills, build confidence and inspire girl-led enterprises. Our areas of focus is on Human Centred Design, Entrepreneurship, Leadership Development, Education and Economic Empowerment using design thinking methods.

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June 2019
"The truth is that GCAF gave me the boldness to talk. I appreciated the vision. I felt I could do more as a woman because I had no limits."

About the innovation

Girls Leadership and Entrepreneurship Network: Inspiring leadership through design.

“Looking around and behind me, I realized that many girls were not as fortunate as I had been. Something had to change, and I saw that the biggest impact I could make was to intervene early enough when their choices could still be positively influenced and shaped. This compelled me to create a platform to reach developing young women early and inspire young girls to be successful leaders in today’s business world.”

 Ada Onyejike-Ananaba 

Founder, Girl Child Art Foundation.

What we do?

GLEN enables girl CEO’s to identify, align, plan and improve the quality of their products and services. The GLEN Program is designed to help girls start their first serious business and also shape their perceptions of themselves as empowered individuals capable of anything! Girls CAN always!! 

Why we do it?

So many girls and older women struggle with issues of roles and expectations, self-confidence, low self esteem, leadership styles and communication. Girls grow up believing that they cannot be owners of successful big businesses. We want to break that chain. By starting at an early age mentoring and creating new learnings and perceptions of strength, success, fulfilment and leadership, we can create tomorrow's successful female business leaders and owners.

Our vision and mission is to see African girls empowered to fulfil their destiny by helping them realize and develop their leadership and entrepreneurship skills. Our goal is to invest in sustainable solutions that will mitigate or end poverty, provide equal opportunities for social, economic and educational development, and that will ensure a life free from violence. 

GLEN helps female students discover the super powers, develop the talents through our creative platform..... what they want to achieve? What is their passion and areas of interest, through design thinking methods and arts.  

We run The Girls leadership and Entrepreneurship Clubs in various schools (GLEC) has exposed more than 50,000 students to the power of the entrepreneurship mindset.

Girls Leadership and Entrepreneurship Network is a sub-project of Girl Child Art Foundation Nigeria.

Impact & scalability


Observe, explore and learn
As part of the stages of the project, we allow students to go for a walk around their learning environment. Observation is one of the important part of our design thinking tools, which allows the students see problems and apply empathy. Furthermore, it will inspire business ideas that can turn into financial empowerment and independence. 
GLEN Studios
Our studio programs – visual arts, performing arts, music e.g. theatre, printmaking, textile design, photography.GLEN Studio Programs are at the core of Girl Child art foundation(GCAF)'s mission. Courses take place in state-of-the-art studios where students are challenged to excel through comprehensive, in-depth instruction in a wide range of media including painting, photography, drawing, media, fashion and fiber, fashion illustration, design arts, ceramics, printmaking, and Textile design. GCAF does not require students to have any prior art-making experience to participate in the courses.
School outreach- Introduction to leadership
As part of our advocacy and program structure, we visit schools through our trained team of staff and volunteers. We have visited schools and rural communities to determine problems facing the girl children in those communities and assisted to solve the problems with girls, parents, educators and teachers. To further help implement the child right act 2003; we have introduced school leadership clubs in secondary schools. Currently, we have established 63 school clubs across Nigeria.Our goal is to help achieve the SDGs using creative activities and ensuring that young women play a vital role.We make learning friendly for every girlEnsure girls attain their dreams no matter the circumstance around them.To organize training classes, workshops, seminars conferences and other activities towards achieving the SDGs.Invest effectively in girls to end child marriage.
Livelihood inspired projects- Girl Led business booth camps
Our booth camp programs exposes girls to different career parts. Creates opportunities for mentorship with successful businesses and entrepreneurs. The camp helps young girls develop business plans thus align their various business ideas and help them structure them to life. We teach our girls-mostly high school age students how to think like leaders and entrepreneurs. We have had 6 booth camps since 2016 with about 500girls in attendance.

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