Studio empowers children with ‘Slum2Prime’ Initiative
As part of commitment to empower children, particularly the underserved in the slums and remote communities in Lagos State, leading photography and cinematography outfit Prime studio, has unveiled its Slum2Prime Initiative.
The programme will see 20 beneficiaries across Ikeja, Badagry, Ikorodu, Lagos Island and Epe trained on basic skill of multimedia production such as photography, cinematography, set design, and studio make-up to equip them with a springboard of entrepreneurial foundation.
Speaking about the initiative, the Studio Manager, Irewunmi Taiwo, said it is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) and contribution to the development of the child in line with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
He said the initiative is aimed at transforming the society by empowering underserved children in slums and remote communities with entrepreneurial skills, as well as psychosocial support to enable them realise their full potential and become social reformers.
“Because we have discovered that this section of the population is hardly paid attention to, we want to use this programme to bring positive attention to these children. We seek to change the narrative by telling their story differently through our lens for the world to see, to give them a voice, to bring hope to them through photography and cinematography art,” Taiwo stated.
The Creative Director, Adelowotan Oluwaseun, on his part, said, “the initiative will go a long way in keeping children off the streets, reduce crime rate, eradicate negative environmental influence, improve literacy, and rekindle hope for their dreams, goal, and aspiration.”
According to the Production Manager, Ogunmokun Opeyemi, the initiative will see four beneficiaries between the ages of 10 – 17 years old from the five selected administrative divisions in Lagos undergo three months training in the listed skills.
“As much as we would love to touch every lives in the nooks and cranny of these slums and remote areas, we must admit we don’t have the financial, human, and capital resources to do so. We understand that this project will be time and resource-consuming, we and our partners have made the duration of the execution of this project three-months starting from today, which we are officially unveiling the initiative.
He added, “It is our earnest hope and desire that this project become a continuous annual project which will get bigger and better by each edition.”
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