A non-governmental organisation (NGO), Value Female Network, has said it will empower over 500 adolescent girls on how to navigate the rigours of life while growing.
This, it said, it will undertake during its annual boot camp programme, which commenced yesterday, September 11, to end on Friday, September 15.
The participants drawn from Osun, Ekiti, Kwara, Kano, Kaduna and Oyo States will be trained on digital skills, sexual and reproductive health and female genital mutilation.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the executive director of the organisation, Dr Abosede Aderigbigbe-Saba, admonished the participants to learn from the over one hundred volunteers and make the boot camp experience worthwhile.
Aderibigbe-Saba while speaking on this year’s theme, ‘Breaking Barrier and Building Bridges,’ noted that it is important to train the minds of the girls at their adolescent stage on some of the things to expect in life and the importance of believing in themselves.
She noted that the organisation will follow up with the participants after the programme to see how they are incorporating what they learn during the next four days.
She appreciated their supporters for making the boot camp a success, calling on well-meaning individuals to partner with the organisation.
She said: “We started the program yesterday, September 11 and it will be closing on Friday, September 15. I want to admonish our admirable participants to utilise this opportunity and learn from all the volunteers.
“We want our adolescent girls to know they can break barriers and build bridges through believing in themselves. The next four days should be a memorable one for them and we will make sure we follow up with them after this program.
“I want to appreciate the governor of the state and also our donors for the support to make this a reality”.
Declaring the camp open, the governor of the state, Senator Ademola Adeleke said the theme of the program encapsulates what the state hoped to achieve in the coming days.