NGO organises skills acquisition for school children

By Adekola Afolabi
School children have been admonished to always exhibit good conducts and obey their parents as commanded by God so that they can fulfill God’s destiny for them and be great in life.

Giving the admonition are the guest speakers at the three-day Teenagers’ Camp 2018, organised by an Akure-based Non-Governmental Organisation, Youth Initiative for Development (Yi4d), with a theme, “Greatness in Me”.

No fewer than 150 school children cutting across primary and secondary schools participated in this year’s edition of the annual camp meeting held at Comfort Tenderfeet Secondary School, Ondo Road, Akure. The event featured seminar and training, art and craft, film show and outdoor games among others. The school children were trained in art work, shoes making, among others.

Addressing the teenagers, one of the resource persons, Rev’d (Mrs) Gregory-Okoro Victoria, who spoke on “Obeying your Parents”, charged teenagers to always obey their parents as commanded by God so as to be great in life.

She described parental advice and godly mentoring as very vital to child development and success in life, urging the children not to reject their parents’ advice but make good use of it to fulfill their destiny. Rev’d Victoria equally charged parents to always live by examples by living a life that will glorify God at all times to make their children learn good lessons from them.

The Camp Director, Mrs.  Funke Omojola, expressed satisfaction over what she called good conducts and characters exhibited by all the students throughout the 3-day camping, saying that the students behaved excellently well while they also showed positive attitudes towards the various trainings to which they were exposed.

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She urged them to put into practice all the practical knowledge gained during the camp meeting to further assist them to achieve their set goals in future.

In separate remarks, the Camp Governor, Adeleye Olumide, Mofe Ogunmola, Omojola Bamisin and Ayeni Temitope, lauded the convener of the meeting for her selfless service and passion for the spiritual, physical and educational development of the teenagers, adding that the series of vocational trainings and morals learnt would go a long way in making them be the best they can be in future.

The Convener and Executive Director, Youth Initiative for Development (Yi4d), Mrs. Abimbola Adeleye,  who disclosed that she was impressed by the massive turnout of students, particularly in Ajipowo, their target area, also explained that the annual camp meeting was at no cost to all the participating teenagers.

She explained that the yearly programme was targeted at teenagers in other to catch them young, empower and better position them to overcome future challenges and rule their world, just as she cautioned them against keeping bad companies, saying bad company corrupts good manners.

She noted that she is always encouraged by the positive results being recorded on the part of the school children, coupled with parents’ good testimonies and responses to the annual Camp meeting.

Another speaker, Mr. Rotimi Adeleye, who decried high level of moral decadence among students of nowadays, advised the teenagers to always distinguish themselves and imbibe good morals, shun cultism, drug abuse, prostitution and all forms of social vices to fulfill their good dreams in life.

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Adeleye who spoke on a topic, “Living a balanced life as a child”, emphasised that for a child to live a balance life he or she must be taken care of spiritually, academically, emotionally, physically and healthwise.

One of the parents, Mrs. Akindunjoye Iyabo, disclosed that the annual event has positively transformed the lives of many school children and commended the organiser for doing a great job.


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