Foundation seeks guidance, counselling sessions in schools
To help groom children in their formative years, the Mum 2 Mum Global Foundation has advocated the establishment of guidance and counselling sessions (G and C) in schools.
The Founder, Mum 2 Mum Global Foundation, Chinenye Jerry-Amah, who said this during an empowerment summit organised for tweens and teens, themed ‘My Mind, My Power, My Body, My Right’, also urged that school curriculum include mind power.
She lamented that most secondary schools do not have guidance and counselling sessions, which she stressed was a problem that needed to be addressed urgently.
She urged the Ministry of Education to ensure before schools are approved, operators should have G and C in their curriculum.
She said it was important that the Ministry of Education ensure the G and C experts are part of the school’s employees before any approval.
Jerry-Amah said: “Absence of it is affecting children. We are not canvassing teachers in other subject areas but experienced and qualified G and C experts. This is because children are in their formative years and these years are spent in school. We are in the jet age. There are questions that instead of them asking, they will go online to seek answers and most times they get wrong and deceiving answers on the net. Teens are ages nine to 13. We need to pay attention to their non-verbal communication. It is not all children that show an attitude that we need to punish, some might come from precedence.”
Jerry-Amah said the Foundation, with a focus majorly on women and children, was to address some of the challenges these sets of people go through without nobody speaking for them.
For the teens and tweens maiden summit, she said: “We don’t pay attention to teenagers. Most issues happening in society affect them more due to peer pressure. Some of them have deep-seated issues even with their parents. The teenage age is the most introverted session of childhood, as they tend to keep many things inside them. They bottle things up. We want a situation as parents, where children can feel free to talk about anything, ask questions and get those questions answered without being afraid. This will be a yearly event on children’s day.”
The empowerment summit, which drew different schools in their large number, had the children taught how to succeed in life by firstly, having a purpose, making a plan, sharing their goals and then taking a step forward.
A child advocate, Rose Ume, urged the teenagers on how to control their emotions without falling victim to abuse.
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