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Union Bank, JAN partner to teach girls skills, leadership

By Guardian Nigeria
23 August 2022   |   4:20 am
Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN) has entered into partnership with Union Bank Plc to impact over 300 girls from the six geopolitical zones across Nigeria..

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Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN) has entered into partnership with Union Bank Plc to impact over 300 girls from the six geopolitical zones across Nigeria, in the 21st edition of the Leadership Empowerment Achievement and Development (LEAD) Camp.

The 21st LEAD Camp programme, which was held recently, was designed to inspire and prepare young girls in senior secondary schools to become high achieving leaders in the global economy.

The girls were divided into different groups and each group was led by a mentor who took them through leadership, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, STEM lessons, creative arts and entertainment. They were also development sessions on coding, understanding sexual abuse and personal hygiene, among others.

Speaking about the impact of the programme, the Executive Director, Junior Achievement Nigeria, Foluso Gbadamosi, said: “The Junior Achievement Nigeria LEAD Camp is a programme that gives girls the permission to dream and an enabling environment to bring their aspirations to reality. During the week-long programme, the girls were able to see and discuss with top women, liaise with their colleagues, challenge themselves and understand that everything they aspire to be is possible with the right mindset and environment.

“We are confident that the hundreds of girls impacted will in turn blossom to be high achieving leaders leading a global economy in years to come. We appreciate our lead sponsors, Union Bank for their continuous partnership, its eight unwavering years of commitment and we are glad to continue with them,” she added.

In her opening remarks, Chief Risk Officer, Union Bank, Olajumoke Odulaja, said: ‘‘For us at Union Bank, gender equality is one of the SDGs that we are particularly passionate about and one that we actively contribute towards because we truly believe that educating and developing the girl child will have a fundamental positive impact on our development as a nation. This is why we have partnered with Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN) on LEAD Camp for eight consecutive years, and we could not be more pleased and proud to see the impact of the programme on the beneficiaries over the years.”

One of the outstanding participants from Victoria Island Secondary School, Blessing Attah, said: “The five days at LEAD camp 2022 has shaped my life in different ways. It has improved my critical thinking skills, leadership strength, confidence to believe in myself, fuelled the passion to pursue my dreams and inspired me to set and achieve my goals. As I grow, I also intend to impact more girls with the need to think big, the need to be self-confident and to follow the path they are destined for in order to build a thriving world. Thank you, Union Bank and Junior Achievement Nigeria, for enabling my participation in LEAD Camp 2022 and other beneficiaries.”

The week-long programme had sessions facilitated by phenomenal women across different industries in the public and private sector, including Foluso Gbadamosi, Tracy Atobatele, Ginika Frank-Durugbor, Lola Makanjuola, Tolu Michaels, Kunbi Odubogun, Eno Adesuwa Eworo, Simi Nwogugu, Ruth Ijaola, Nissi Ikenna-Amadi, Femi Luther-Abegunde, Chioma Nwokike, Chidinma Okoli among others.