Foundations join forces to mentor schoolgirls in marginalized communities in the East | The Guardian Nigeria News
A non-profit organization focused on empowerment, promoting girls’ education and gender equity, Dare Women for Change Initiative, in partnership with D’survivor Hub, as part of the Becoming Mentorship Program Phenomenal for high school girls in marginalized communities in eastern Nigeria.
The initiative, focused on education, sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR), advocacy, capacity building and mentoring over the past three months, has mentored and trained young girls in a program at – beyond the classroom.
With the guidance of six mentors and 20 accountability partners, the program reached 200 girls from Okoahia Community Secondary School, Isiala Mbano Imo State and Day Secondary School Enugu State in Nigeria. , respectively covering breathtaking sessions on self-discovery. Mindset development, personal development, personality development and career development.
According to the founder of the Dare Women For Change initiative, Regina Chigaemezu, “The Becoming Phenomenal Mentorship Program was created to help young girls find their way into becoming. This is the decade of the future women onwards, an era of inclusion and with the rise of women leading change in different sectors / spheres of influence, occupying positions that have always been discredited, it is evident that the epic change for women. women is happening.
“Society began to consider humanity and the potential of women. However, only a prepared woman who understands her inner strength and channels it to break through the darkness and mediocrity will be presented.
Chigaemezu noted that the program is inspired by her book Becoming Phenomenal, which she wrote for every woman who wants to be and do more but faces the challenge of where to start. He identified the limiting factors that affect the future of women, offers practical and possible avenues for a good trip, and insists that unmatched confidence is the key to starting and sustaining a worthwhile journey.
She pointed out that it was aimed at nurturing the spirits, equipping and polishing the stars in young girls. The program enabled girls to acquire knowledge beyond classroom knowledge to help them make informed life decisions. Become intentional on their personal development journey and develop the right mindset for purposeful living. It also aims to build their confidence to prevent domestic abuse and gender-limiting stereotypes that prevent them from becoming more, having more and doing more for society.
At the end of the mentoring sessions, thanks to the post-test analysis administered to the students, the team received overwhelmingly positive feedback. One of the mentees, Miss Lemuwa Favor, said the program had greatly improved her self-esteem. “I am more aware and confident and believe my dreams are valid.”
According to Okoahia Community High School IT counselor and teacher, Ms. Duru Charity, “The change in behavior, confidence and balance in the students after the mentorship period was evident. And the school administration recommends the program and looks forward to more like it for the students.