No fewer than 3, 000 students of the Government Secondary School, GSS, Kuje in Abuja, were on Tuesday empowered through a sensitization programme by the African Economic Merit Awards, AEMA, a Non-government organization committed to empowering people at grassroots level with Educational, Agricultural Health and Technology initiative programs, among several others.
The empowerment programme, held in in the school premises focused on three key areas including “Mentorship, Overcoming Peer Pressure and Importance of Secondary School Education”.
McEva Temofe, President of AEMA, who took the students through the Mentorship class, exposed the scholars to the benefits and rudiments of having a good mentor.
In this session, the beneficiaries of the tuition were given opportunity to
pencil down their names and names of personalities admire refer to as their mentors.
In his assessment of the programme, Temofe, who also is a Principal Consultant to AEMA, described the outcome of the gathering as a huge success.
“We have impacted lives. More fulfilling is that we were able to meet the needs of physically challenged students”, Temofe added.
Kayode Oluwatuyi the Legal Adviser of AEMA who handled the programme’s session on “Importance of Secondary School Education” noted that AEMA highlights the importance of secondary school which is an intermediary between Primary and Tertiary Institution.
He said members of the group shared their life experiences with the students and how they overcame the huddles of youthful age.
“We taught the student some entrepreneurial skills which they can engage on their private time, we listened to some of their challenges, provided answers to their questions and data’s
of the students were captured on areas where we can partner with them beyond classroom” Oluwatoyi said.
Odo Jude, an SS3 beneficiary student and Head Boy of the school, expressed gratitude to AEMA, noting that the programmed was an eye owner to himself and his colleagues for being taught the need for good mentorship, how to overcome peer pressures, among several others issues.
“I wish the programme continues tomorrow the students are happy and they have learnt a lot”, he said.
In her own comment, Aliyu Fatima, the school’s Head Girl, expressed delight that the initiative has improve her life and the lives of her colleagues in the school.
Fatima however urged the need for similar programmes to be held regularly in the school, as continuity could serve as a reminder.
The Vice Principal of the school who represented the principal, Mohammed Useni, also expressed satisfaction, saying, “I am impressed by this initiative. I
was not expecting something like this. I taught it was just about talking to the students, but it went beyond that.
“In fact, some of the student’s troop into my office expressing joy over what they have learnt. It was really a great experience.”
The VP, however, used the medium to call on concerned Nigerians in the society to support the programme to assist children in schools, most especially the less privilege.
At the end of the sensitization workshop, AEMA presented exercise books and pens to students who performed excellently in the questions and answers segment, while light refreshment was made available to the thousands of students.
The AEMA Project, which is just three month old, covers 17 countries in African, including Cameroon, Kenya, Ghana, South-Africa, Benin Republic, and Gambia, among others.