University Students

The University Women’s Association has developed a number of programs with university students over the years, from 1989 when the women participated community forums attempting to bring groups together to solve pressing problems, to the present. UWA has organized programs for students, for instance, orienting fresh students on such topics as safety, sanitation, personal hygiene, cultism, proper dressing, and examination ethics. UWA had also been involved in efforts to improve students’ living conditions in the hostels.

AIESEC – Since 2002 a cooperative relationship has existed between UWA and the international students’ organization AIESEC. Members assist with Children’s Centre programs such as story hour and vacation activities. AIESEC programs, such as a training workshops and language classes, have been held in the Children’s Centre Hall.



Examples of cooperation include support during special events like the Children’s Centre Silver Jubilee Celebration, Children’s Day activities, and vacation programs; jointly-organized forums on topics like prostitution; programs organized by AIESEC on entrepreneurial skills and HIV/AIDS awareness; and assistance with the annual Christmas caroling.




One special feature of cooperation with AIESEC has been the participation of international interns in Children’s Centre vacation programs.





NIA – From 2003-2013, UWA was actively involved with a non-governmental organization devoted to empowering young women in southeastern Nigeria to reach their highest potential. This is NIA, an acronym formed from the Igbo words Ndu (life), Ike (strength) and Akunuba (wealth). Participants include university students, young workers, and secondary school leavers. NIA regularly came to Nsukka to hold a consciousness-raising film series followed by weekend Leadership Institute and skills sessions. The first graduating class from UNN held a workshop on the Nigerian Woman and the Twenty-First Century in the Children’s Centre Hall.