Tuesday, 14 June 2022

YAHOrg Trains 100 Sec. Students in Waring Community on Peace Building, SGBV

 
Ukorebi Esien | 10th June 2022


Youth Alive and Hope Organisation, YAHORG, an NGO given to youth development has trained over 150 students drawn from 5 secondary schools in Mkpani, Yakurr Local Government Area of Cross River State.


Speaking at the event, the executive director and founder of YAHOrg, Sunday Omori said the training was necessary to help curb the alarming rate of Sexual and Gender Based Violence, Inter-communal crisis as well as electoral violence amongst young people in rural communities, stating that the event was YAHOrg's contribution to a reduction in sexual and gender-based violence as well as promote peace in Cross River State and Nigeria in general.


Omori who was represented by YAHorg's focal person, Patience Samuel added that Youth Alive and Hope Organization (YAHOrg) had began mobilizing in-school and out-of-school youth to address sundry issues affecting young people and that the Mkpani event is as scale up of her activities to share information on the dangers of sexual and gender-based violence, conflicts, drug abuse and cultism. 







The event which held at community secondary school Mkpani had over 150 students drawn from 5 schools within the community. YAHOrg collaborating with Partners for Peace in the Niger Delta, Girls Power Initiative etc saw the students being  trained on sensitive areas such as Early Warning and Early Response Skills in Peace Building and the Dangers of Drug Abuse, Gangsterism, Cultism as well as Sexual and Gender Based Violence.


His statement reads in part: 

"We believe that today's event will contribute to a reduction in sexual and gender-based violence as well as promote peace in Cross River State and Nigeria in general, Youth Alive and Hope Organization (YAHOrg) began mobilizing in-school and out-of-school youth address the issue. We are scaling up our activities in this regard and that is why we are in Mkpani today to interact with the five secondary schools. We are sharing information on the dangers of sexual and gender-based violence, conflicts, drug abuse and cultism."

"We hope that learners participating in this event will gain knowledge in these areas to enable them share similar information with youths within and outside the school communities while reporting cases to the school authorities, non-governmental organizations and law enforcement agencies." He said. 

Speaking with TDN, Sunday Okoi Arikpo a student from Community Secondary School who participated in the event said he was happy to have been selected to be part of the program as he now has a different view on the effect of conflict and now knows how to manage and avoid conflict from escalating. Another participant, Joy Eteng said she now has a better understanding of her sexuality and menstrual hygiene. They both appreciated YAHOrg for bringing their activities to the rural areas. 

High point of the event was the inauguration of Young Advocates of GBV Elimination  YAG/Peace Clubs in 5 Secondary Schools. 


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