NGO partners with Chartered Bank on schoolgirls

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The Youth Empowerment Foundation (YEF), an NGO, has partnered with Standard Chartered Bank on enhancing the sexual knowledge, behaviours, education, financial management and skills of school girls in Lagos State.

The partnership, through the GOAL Project, on Friday organised a quiz competition among a dozen girls secondary schools in Lagos State.

YEF is a non-profit NGO working to sexual knowledge, behaviours, education, financial management and skills for young people, started in India in 2006 and had since gained ground in mentoring and empowering girls in Nigeria since 2010.

Among schools that participated in the quiz were Community Junior High, Onike; Girls Junior High, Ijero; Girls Junior High, Adebola Baptist School; Onitolo Community Junior High; Wesley Girls School; Gbaja Girls; Surulere Girls High-Jibowu; Itolo Girls Junior.

Others include the  Ideal Girls Junior School; Clegg Girls Junior; Surulere Girls Junior,Bode Thomas; Akoka Junior; Herbert Macaulay Junior and Eric Moore Senior High School.

Participants at the Quiz for secondary school girls organised by the Youth Empowerment Foundation (YEF) and Standard Chartered Bank on Friday in Lagos.

Mrs Iwalola Akin-Jimoh, Executive Secretary, YEF,  said: “This is important to us, the more young girls who are able to learn from each other the more they are able to reinforce their positive ability and their general behaviour.

“We appreciate the Lagos State Ministry of Education, principals and vice principals, for their support in implementing this project.

Akin-Jimoh explained that girls who were beneficiaries of the GOAL project were trained to go back to their communities to impact other girls on secure livelihood, sexual and reproductive rights, financial management and skills acquisition.

“One of the main objectives is to empower girls, the most vulnerable and hard-to-reach communities with skills to break the cycle of poverty, liberation from exploitation and abuse, to be self-reliant,’’ she said.

According to her, personal monitoring and evaluation are conducted to assess the performance of the girls as well as the project.

Also, Ms Tolulope Oshoba, Programme Manager, YEF, said: “I am happy about today’s event because we have been coaching them for almost a year.

“ Seeing them sit there answering those questions really makes me happy.

“It’s not only about the competition but seeing that young girls are beginning to take charge of their based on the  teachings,’’ she said.

Ms Favour Idigo of the Standard Chartered said the bank committed to this programme.

“The girls we started with in 2010 are out of the universities starting their own business. So we are not ready to stop.

“The GOAL programme is targeted at girls from the rural communities, those who don’t have opportunities to most of these things and the girls have been impressive.

“It is a continuous process; we will not give up but continue to partner NGOs like YEF and government bodies to educate parents and even communities, on the negative side of things and unacceptable cultures,’’ she said.

One of the participants, Anitufo Precious, a JSS2 student from the Onike Girls Junior High School, told NAN that the programme had made her to start spending wisely, be  good influence on others and make positive plans for her future.

Also, Chiamaka Emmanuel, another beneficiary, said the opportunity had made her gain skills that she was using to make some earnings.

She  said that with the money she got from her business she registered for JAMB, she has now been admitted to study at Abia State University.