[Ibadan]–To mark the 2018 Children’s Day, Building Nations Initiative, a youth led, youth work and community development organization was in Agbowo community of Ibadan, Oyo State to launch the Build-A-Teen Project.
The Build-A-Teen project is aimed at reaching and empowering teenagers from under privileged background in marginalized communities. To launch the project, 23 BNI volunteers gave their time and resources to impact the lives of over 22 children and 38 teenagers in Agbowo community as a way of marking the 2018 Children’s day.
The teenagers were educated about the importance of diversifying and maximising their potentials, especially academically. A first class graduate of the University of Ibadan, Yemi Adekunle encouraged the teens to realize that their humble backgrounds should not be a limiting factor to their academic excellence, as he himself served as an example of one who had to work through thick and thin to survive financially in school, and he graduated with a first class.
In addition, the teens were educated about the need for personal hygiene. The Founder/CEO of BNI, Pharm John Oluwadero facilitated the session. The teenagers learnt how to properly take care of their bodies, clothes and even food, in order to prevent ill-health. It was gratifying to see the enthusiasm of the children as they learnt, unlearnt and relearnt. Miss Oluwatoyin Tella, a member of BNI, enlightened the females about menstrual hygiene. It is quite understandable that girls in such environment might lack proper menstrual knowledge. Miss Toyin and other female volunteers not only spoke about the proper way to use and dispose a sanitary pad, they also enlightened the girls about breast cancer and the need for regular breast examination. The girls who had started their menses were each given two months’ supply of sanitary pads.
Furthermore, asides the donation of clothes, interested teens were given the opportunity to choose a skill of their choice. They will be trained for free by ready facilitators provided by BNI. The selected skills included phone and system repairs and maintenance, Bag making, cake making, computer literacy, fashion designing amongst others. Seven of the teenagers will be enrolled in BNI Teenpreneurship vocational training program where they will undergo training with selected vocational training partners for one year. The teens will also attend a weekly Teenpreneurship class at the BNI Youth Centre where they will learn literacy, arithmetic, basics of digital skills, and entrepreneurship. Upon completion of their training and their graduation by May 27, 2019, a start-up fund will be mobilized to support the establishment of their businesses. Two of the teenagers in need of financial support towards their education will be provided full academic scholarship in support of their education.
The Nation Builders Centre (aka BNI Youth Centre), is located at Pope John Paul II Hall, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo state. All enquiries and partnership proposals can be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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