UNIC engages 210 girls at summer camp, discusses UN@70

A soft-furnishing trainee (Left) briefs UNIC Director, Ronald Kayanja

A soft-furnishing trainee (Left) briefs UNIC Director, Ronald Kayanja

It is summer time, widely known as ‘long vacation period’ within the education circle in Nigeria, during which students and their parents get engaged in some predetermined activities both locally and abroad. While many pupils have gone on vacation with their parents after a tedious academic year, some are in camps developing their skills and nourishing their interests without hurting their academic studies. The latter, of course is in line with the United Nations strategic framework for the Post-2015 Agenda, especially the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No 5 which dwells on achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls.

UNIC Director, Ronald Kayanja addresses the participants

UNIC Director, Ronald Kayanja addresses the participants

It is in the light of the above that ‘Yes I believe Academy’, a strategic partner of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, organized a Summer Camp for 210 girls aged between 10 and 18 years. Titled, Summer Skills Acquisition Workshop’, the one week programme featured different training sessions including those on Beadworks, Shoe making, Make-up, soft furnishing, among others.

Addressing the participants who were students of Gbagada Girls Junior Secondary School, Bariga Lagos, the Director of UNIC Lagos, Mr Ronald Kayanja spoke about the works and history of the United Nations especially the 70th anniversary. He noted that skill acquisition was a lifetime gift which should be embraced by everyone who had the opportunity to get one.

Summer camp - Director and a trainee shoemakerHe commended the parents of the participants for sending their children to the summer camp and to the students he congratulated for being a part of the programme which he assured, would have a positive impact on their future.

In his remarks, the Executive Director of ‘Yes I Believe Academy’, Mr Niyi Adekunle, disclosed that within four days of training, the children demonstrated high level of seriousness and commitment to learning specific skills. He later, in company of the facilitators, conducted the UNIC team lead by the Director round the exhibition of some of the products produced by the participants. ‘I am highly impressed,’ Mr Kayanja concluded.