While working as a teacher in Nigeria, Benjamin saw that many girls in his community dropped out of school because they feared attacks from terrorists on their way to or from class. Benjamin decided he could better support girls in his community through advocacy and joined Restoration of Hope Initiative (ROHI) in December 2015. As the program manager at ROHI, Benjamin leads the organisation’s work advocating for the adoption of the Safe Schools Declaration (SSD), an international commitment that prevents armed forces from using schools as bases and protects students, teachers and their schools during armed conflict.
With his Malala Fund grant, Benjamin will advocate for Adamawa and Borno states to sign the SSD and create guidelines for its implementation at the state level. ROHI will also train state level officials on the SSD guidelines and establish SSD desks in the state governments to ensure officials put the measures into practice. If passed into law in Adamawa and Borno, the SSD has the potential to make schools safer for over 372,000 girls.