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SCI trains 19,764 adolescents in life skills, reproductive health in Zamfara


SCI trains 19,764 adolescents in life skills, reproductive health in Zamfara

The Save the Children International (SCI) has trained 19,764 adolescents boys and girls in life skills, sexual and reproductive health in Galadima and Jangebe communities of Talata-Mafara LGAs in Zamfara State.

The Community Engagement and Advocacy Coordinator of the Reaching and Empowering Adolescents to Make Informed Choices for their Health (REACH) project in the state, Hajiya Zainab Usman has said.

Hajiya Zainab Usman disclosed this at an event of promises activity celebration in Galadima and Jangebe communities of Talata-Mafara LGA.

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According to her the training was carriedout through the REACH project of the SCI.

“You know, REACH is a three year project funded by Global Affairs Canada implemented by the SCI in three Northern Nigerian states.

“The project targets100,000 adolescents boys and girls between the age of 10 to 19 in Zamfara, Gombe and Katsina States”, she said.

Usman added that the two LGAs of Talata-Mafara and Kaura Namoda were selected for the project in the state.

She further said that the project is aimed at promoting the lives of adolescent sexual and reproductive health of Boys and Girls aged between 10 and 19 years.

She commended traditional leaders, parents and other stakeholders on girls’ child education from the two communities for their support to the project.

“We engaged one of the active Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the state, Save the Mothers and Children Initiative (SMACI) to carry out the training to the adolescent girls and boys, we supported them with of over 200 facilitators”, Hajiya Zainab Usman explained.

The Executive Director, of the SMACI, Aminu Nahuche said the two years project had so far a graduated 19,742 adolescents in the benefiting communities.

“Under Life Skills, we trained the Adolescents on self-reliance, saving goals, how to start a business with their saving, consequences of drugs abuse and how to seek help and rehabilitation.

“On the choices, we train children on how to realize their hope, supporting one another among others.

“While under the Sexual and reproductive health, we trained them on Adolescent development, ending Gender Base Violence (GBV), Family planning and Nutrition”, Nahuche said

“Today, we attended the promised celebration in two communities of Galadima and Jangebe as we succeeded in reaching 1,801 community members and parents during the word-of-mouth sharing and unveiling of seven poster for girls education.

“The event is to celebration and congratulate community members for supporting their children’s education and to help shift community norms related to girls leaving school due to marriage and high rate of domestic violence”, he explained.

In their separate remarks, the Emir of Mafara, Alhaji Bello Muhammad Barmo and representatives of Mafara LGC, Alhaji Bello Ruwan Bado thanked the SCI for educating and empowering children in the area.

They assured continued support and commitment to the project and other government programmes to improve the education of girls and boys in the area.

SCI trains 19,764 adolescents in life skills, reproductive health in Zamfara

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