Dandelion Foundation, a group committed to engendering in youths skills required for meaningful life, has taken sex and sexuality education to private secondary schools in Badagry, Lagos State.
Coordinator, Mr. Mobolaji Aina, said in Badagry that the measure was to sensitise the pupils to the ills of teenage pregnancy.
Aina said it was against that backdrop that a programme tagged, ‘2012 Boot Camp’ was put together to enlighten them on sexuality education and other skills.
He said that the rate of teenage pregnancy had reached a alarming level and that many pupils had dropped out of school.
He said the Boot Camp, which held at Meritland Secondary School, Igborosun, Badagry, for three days, provided a veritable platform through which participants were imbued with necessary ethos and abilities to enhance their wellbeing.
He said re-nowned resource persons were drawn from diverse fields to take the pupils on mentoring on career choice, vocational and entrepreneurial skills.
Other aspects, according to him, were basic information and communication technology and sexuality education.
Aina said the foundation reached out to 18 private schools in the Badagry area, adding that many schools turned out for the programme.
Schools that attended the Boot Camp were Meritland Group of Schools; Mikedavies Academy; Unique Praise and Marolak Group of Schools, among others.
Aina added, “By this programme, Dandelion Foundation intends to create opportunities for young ones and youths to have out-of-classroom learning.
“Through this, they acquire skills on how to better their skills and be useful members of the society. The programme was open for JSS 1 to SS2 pupils in private schools in Badagry.
“Another compelling reason for this programme is to sensitise the youths to the ill of teenage pregnancy which is prevalent in Badagry. As I speak to you, many pupils have dropped out of school. We felt that this programme would go a long way in correcting the ills in the area. We brought in reverend sisters and clergymen and women to counsel them on the consequences of premarital sex and teenage pregnancy.”
Proprietor, Meritland, Mr. Idowu Akintola, lauded Dandelion Foundation for the programme.
Akintola recommended such programme to other districts in the state, saying it would position the pupils to take the right decision about their lives.
He advised youths to be focused, determined and honest, saying that “one’s attitude determines his altitude”.
He said he was particularly impressed that the programme covered aspects such as Wikipedia, Google and other websites which would enhance the pupils’ academic knowledge.