A Non-Governmental Organization, Ilorin Global Shapers Community, has organized a workshop to train teenage girls in Ilorin secondary school on menstrual hygiene and education, reproductive and sexual health education, and career and leadership skills development.
The symposium tagged SafeSpace for Her was held on Wednesday, 25th January 2023, at Government Girls’ Day Secondary School, Pakata, Ilorin, where more than a hundred students were imparted with knowledge on more than five topics.
Global Shapers Community is reputed for community-level action that are promoting a safe environment and sustainable change. The workshop was facilitated by experts and professionals in different fields to enlighten the participants and assess their knowledge about the subject topics.
Aruwa Hameedah Ugbedeojo, a Medical Student, Alabi T. Omolara Olutayo an expert community and girl child champion, Kehinde Akinsola Curator of Ilorin Global Shapers Hub, Adetola Opeyemi Vice Curator, and Anthonia Erinfolami-Daniel, Advocate for Human Rights and Child Rights facilitated different sessions.
The participants were also urged to share what they learned at the workshop with their peers and members of their respective societies.
The representatives of Kwara State Commissioner of Education, Hajia Sa’datu Modibbo Kawu, Mr. Taye Odedeji, the UNESCO Desk Officer at the Ministry, and Senior Special Assistant on Non-Governmental Affairs, Mrs. Oloruntoyosi Thomas represented by Miss Tolu Gbenro, appreciated Global Shapers Community Ilorin for their concerted effort in giving girl child extra education they deserve and also promised to always support such programs from Global Shapers Community and other organizations.
Kehinde Akinsola, Curator of the Ilorin Global Shapers Community, during his closing remarks promised that the organization will continue to champion programs that will provide safe spaces for all girls and will let them thrive. He, therefore, thanked the participants and other personalities for the support given to the organization.
At the end of the workshop, ten SafeSpace Ambassadors were selected amongst the students, and Mrs. Hassan Halima, a teacher at the school was selected as the SafeSpace Champion to serve as part of the sustainability plans for the project.
The Safe Space For Her project will empower 300 girls in three schools, Government Girls Day Secondary, Pakata, Government Girls Day Secondary, Okesuna, and St. Claire’s Anglican Grammar School, Offa on knowledge, information, and tools, pad banks, and creating safe peer clubs in these schools. In addition to educating them through the project, the girls will be equipped with relevant sanitary materials and how to use them properly.