A Non-Governmental Organisation(NGO), Girls Education Mission International (GEM),has cautioned teenage girls against succumbing to peer group pressure and sexual exploitation as a condition for achieving success in life.
Mrs Keturah Shannah, the executive Director of GEM, sounded the caution at a workshop the group organised for 60 teenagers from Bassa, Riyom and Barkin Ladi local government areas of Plateau.
Shannah said young girls were more vulnerable to peer group pressure which could lead to sexual assault and teenage pregnancies.
She said the event was to encourage them to adopt a good moral life and be goals oriented.
“We have 60 teenagers comprising of 50 girls and 10 boys from three local governments. It is a programme supported by World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS) to speak on issues affecting the progress of teenagers in the society.
“We believe that the teenagers have a bright future and can succeed beginning with the conviction that there is nothing impossible for them to achieve. Some of them are beneficiaries of our scholarship awards earlier in the year as funded by the T Y foundation, “She said.
She urged the teenagers to report all forms of violence against them to the relevant authorities, place priority on formal education and empower themselves through skills acquisition.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that GEM is one of the ‘Speak Champions’ in Nigeria of CIVICUS expected to mobilise and coordinate other organisations to host speak events on issues affecting the society and its members.
According to Shammah, GEM has mobilised eight organisations in Plateau to champion campaigns on protecting human rights, promoting peace and advocating for peace .
” We have coordinated the activities of eight organisations such as Victims of Violence Charity Foundation, New Vision for Peace Building and Advocacy for the Support of Prisoners and Indigents Rights amongst others.
Speaking to NAN, some of the participants who are secondary school leavers, expressed their strong will to be successful in spite of the challenges in the society.
Blessing Biri from Bassa Local Government, said that she had learnt to be patient and fight against poverty through hard work and perseverance and not limiting her to formal education but also empowering herself in skills acquisition.
Also, Danjuma David said he had learnt not to give excuses for failure and to pursue his dreams in spite of peer pressure or family limitations. (NAN)
– Sept. 20, 2019 @ 16:25 GMT |