PA Phillip Akintoye Development Foundation (PAPADEF) a non- Governmental Organisation (NGO) has organised a sensitisation workshop aimed at improving teenagers awareness of sex education and goal setting among secondary school pupils in Lagos.
The workshop with the topic: The role of education for peace in preventing sexual abuse in schools’ was part of activities of the NGO to commemorate 2020 international day of education.
Opeloyeru Adams, a youth and sustainable development advocate while speaking at the workshop held at the Essy Gold College, Ogudu GRA said that goal setting was crucial because it motivate and help an individual to attain success and remain focus.
Adams urged youths and teenagers to have a realistic plan of how they intend to achieve their dreams within a stipulated period of time and work hard toward attaining them.
“Goal is important if you want to attain success, it motivates, but you have to set a time line for your goals and it must be realistic and time running,” Adams said.
Kemi Sokoya, a sex councillor at the Miracle centre, Lagos, said the Increasing rate of sex abuse and rape in Nigeria had made sex education compulsory for children at an early age.
Sokoya, urged parents and guardians to watch where and who their children and wards spend their time with, while advocating for stiffer penalty for perpetuators of rape in the country.
The councilor urged teenagers to become conscious of their body and changes in them, while reporting any abuse to their parents and guardians.
“In my line of work we have been providing support for rape and majority of the rape victims are children, I mean 90 per cent.
“It now makes it necessary to start and educate them young, build confident in them. What is happening now is that children are abused they are threaten to be silent, as a result the perpetuators do it over and over again”, Shokoya said.
Speaking on the essence of the event, the program manager of the foundation, Eweka Yvonne Ogieomo, said the event was held to educate and improve the knowledge of youths on sex education and goal setting.
Ogieomo said the programme would continue to be staged annually by the foundation, while lamenting that sexual abuse had become wide spread in Nigeria’s in recent years.
According to Ogieomo, “The aim is to commemorate the international day of education and we are trying to send a message to the younger one that they should press for peace. Sexual abuse is very prevalent in Nigeria a society that is why we are doing this. Parents and guardians needs to talk more about sex education to their children and wards.
“We have been able to achieve what we set out to do by impacting on the youths. Goal setting and planning is important toward their career, and ones they know this early it would aid them. That is what we aim to achieve,” Ogieomo said.