The Youth Empowerment Foundation (YEF), a non-governmental organisation, has targeted empowering about 12,000 girls through different life skills this year across Nigeria. The Foundation also held its stakeholder’s meeting to review the implementation of the GOAL project in Lagos State to outline strategies for the programmes in 2022.
Among those that attended were representatives, principals, and teachers from secondary schools in Lagos, Lagos State Ministry of Youth and social development, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Education district IV, Yaba, Lagos Sports Commission, Surulere Local Government Area.
At the stakeholder meeting, Oluwaseunfunmi Arasi, monitoring and evaluation manager of the foundation, gave a score card of the foundation’s activities for last year, and equally advocated for more synergy between the foundation and the stakeholders for the success of the GOAL project in the benefiting schools across the state, adding that thousands of youths had benefited from the GOAL programmes in recent years.
Speaking on the essence of the meeting and future plans, especially for the third quarter of 2022, Iwalola Akin-Jimoh, executive secretary of the foundation, said the meeting which is quarterly was necessary to seek the stakeholder’s input and contribution to make the project more robust for the year.
Iwalola Akin-Jimoh stated that the key project for the foundation this year was to initiate start literacy classes, particularly for the junior secondary school class 3, while adding that the foundation’s target is to directly target 12, 000 girls for the year across the country.
According to her, “Our target, which is to empower 12,000 girls with information on health, education, and financially literacy, has already kicked off in various communities across Nigeria. Some of the challenges we are facing, include proper implementation and transportation issues, as many of these girls are in communities that are difficult to access. One of the new things initiatives we want to do this quarter is to start literacy classes, particularly for the girls who are in junior secondary class 3.”
The Youth Empowerment Foundation is a non-profit (NGO) in partnership with Standard Chartered Bank, working to improve knowledge, behaviours and skills for young people in sexual reproductive health, HIV awareness and prevention, and personal and team leadership. They also work with young people by teaching them courses in reproductive health, leadership and life skills in Nigeria.