Female expert tasks parents on grooming girls for leadership
Executive Director and Founder, Community Advancement and Youth Empowerment Network [CAYEN], Girl preparatory Academy, Aderonke Akinwole has appealed to parents to give the girl-child a voice and opportunities to thrive so as to address the gender gap in leadership.
Akinwole made the call at leadership training programme titled, “Grooming girls for excellence and leadership” held in Ilupeju Lagos.
She stated that the “#learn2leadtraining is an initiative of the Academy, where girls are empowered to learn and lead. “
Akinwole explained that the five-day training programme was aimed at building confidence in girls to optimally utilise their potentials in the areas of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), leadership, entrepreneurship, academic excellence, relationship, life skills and etiquette.
Thirteen girls drawn from secondary and post secondary schools benefited from the training.
Akinwole disclosed that during the training, each girl is taught of her uniqueness, personal style, planning and time management.
“They are exposed to coaches and mentors who shared their stories to encourage them on the need to be exceptional in their current and future pursuits. They were also divided into teams to make a pictorial representation of Nigeria of their dreams.
Akinwole, a firm believer in the doctrine of “Train a girl, train the nation”, said there is an urgent need to empower the girl child and urged parents to support them because of their competencies, creative potentials, and skills while avoiding stigmatisation and indiscrimination.
One of the participants while reliving her experience said, “I have benefited immensely from the training programme; it was very informative and highly educative.
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