Serene Early-TROBB Concepts has recently launched an enlightenment and mentorship campaign program for students in primary and secondary schools in Lagos state.
The initiative, which was launched in March 2022 and is set to run till November 2022, was in a bid to counsel, coach, and mentor children and teenagers on self-esteem, sex education, body safety, reading culture, career/vocational training, respect and values, and overcoming mental health challenges, among others.
According to the Founder/ Convener Serene Early-TROBB Concepts, Rhoda Olorunfemi, the Enlightening and Mentoring School Campaign is one of the organization’s goals to look into various issues affecting children and teenagers, create an avenue to keep them informed, and also provide solutions to those problems.
These according to her, include various forms of abuse, sexual violence, rape, bullying, internet fraud known as ‘yahoo -yahoo, hookups, sex trafficking, kidnapping and money rituals, corporal beatings and punishments, domestic violence, neglect, child labour, examination malpractices, teenage pregnancies, drug abuse and alcoholism, smoking/weeding among others.
Olorunfemi said “children on a daily basis face these challenges which have posed dangers to their physical, mental, emotional, psychological and spiritual wellbeing.
“There has been an increase in the trend of kidnappings of children from schools and their homes in the country recently, as well as cases of abuse of children who are used as domestic workers, sexual molestation, and rape of children.”
Olorunfemi explained further that the purpose of the school campaign is to call on government at all levels to make effective the rights of children according to both the Nigerian Child Rights Act of 2013 (CRA) and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) which forbids all forms of physical abuse and violence against on every Nigerian child in every location and under any guise.
Serene Early-TROBB Concepts’ Project Coordinator, Samson Oyeyemi, who coordinated the March edition, said the team was able to relate practically with the students, and hope they have been able to save and secure the future of many potential Sylvester Oromonis who are already victims of this prejudice in schools.
We were able to introduce a new culture of navigating these schools to promote a peaceable, non-toxic environment for students to be able to harness their potential and push towards attaining greatness in life. And we hope to reach more schools in Lagos state and its environs. “
Oyeyemi mentioned that “any school interested in the campaign and wanting our team to visit should kindly contact 08120195130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.” Interested people who would like to support the initiative can also contact the convener on 08120195130.