Speaking of Journey, the Pay Attention To Her(PATH) School Tour Train was on the 24th of September 2018 at Muslim Community Secondary School in Lokoja, Kogi State and their young Angels will definitely not be forgetting us anytime soon. Let’s give you a recap!
In their bid to Heal the African continent and Canvass for more “Attention” on the Girl-Child through their “Pay Attention To Her” PATH Project, they have decided not just to play advocacy role, but to be right in the middle of it and as a matter of fact, the front row is where they aspire to be. This is going to be quite a long and tedious journey but we are glad they have started already.
The program started at about 10 O’clock in the morning with the HEAL Team readily on ground, the girls of Muslim Community Secondary School were seated, Guests had arrived and you wouldn’t believe the calibre of people who showed up just to be a source of inspiration to these teenage girls. We had the likes of:
The Kogi State Commissioner for Education who was represented by the Ministry’s Director of Education services – Dr (Mrs) Animokun, The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Kogi State, who doubles as the Board Chair of Heal for Africa – Mrs Petra Akinti Onyegbule, Special Adviser to the Governor on NGOs, CSOs and CBOs – Hajia Nana- Aisha Abu Ali, State Coordinator of Young African Leaders Initiative YALI – Miss Eunice Emmanuel Bagi.
Also in attendance were the CEO, Okun TV -Mr Sunday Baiye, Mr Kerry Haruna of the Kogi Rebirth Group and many more.
Our Founder, Dr Kelechi Okoro gave the Girls a thorough lecture on Sexual and Menstrual Health, emphasizing on the importance of good hygiene especially during menstruation to ensure a healthy reproductive life.
The State Coordinator of YALI Kogi gave a talk on Girl child empowerment as a tool for nation building, encouraging the girls to build their Self Esteem and confidence while building their personal capacity so as to prepare them as future actors in the nation’s
The students were given questionnaires before the lectures to examine their prior knowledge on menstruation, hygiene practices and challenges. After the lecture, they were given new questionnaires to access their understanding of the topic. There was also a verbal Question and Answer timeout with Dr Kelechi Okoro, and we were really impressed with the kind of questions the young ladies posed at us.
Another unforgettable moment for us was when Godiya Matthew, a JSS 3 student of the school gave an outstanding contribution that attracted our founder and other dignitaries.
Godiya was the highlight of the day as everyone was overwhelmed and celebrated her confidence and heart felt contribution.
In her contribution, Godiyah said: “As a girl, you should be proud of yourself because you are the mother of nations. God created you as a helper to the man from the beginning. So, there is no need for you to be ashamed of yourself because God has created you beautifully and wonderfully.”
Madam Chief Press Secretary was so overwhelmed, that she openly declared her intention to adopt her as a mentee and provide every necessary support needed for her to become an outstanding woman.
The Representative of the Commissioner for Education, along with the Special Adviser to the Kogi State Governor on NGOs and on behalf of Heal for Africa also handed out gifts to outstanding students of the school.
Closing prayers was said, and yes, every single participant got a PATH Period Pack containing Sanitary Pad, Deodorant, Tissue paper, Bar soap and disinfectant amongst other gift items that was distributed.