As part of strategies towards fulfilling HACEY’s mission statement which is “to empower and support women, children and young people through capacity building, advocacy, research and education to lead healthy lives”, and the girl sexual and reproductive health and leadership program the organization partnered with World Heart Connect an initiative based in Rivers State to organize a two-day event for children and teenagers to train young people on the values and knowledge they need to make healthy and positive decisions concerning their lives and equip them with life skills and health information to become focused, productive and well informed adults. The event held at the primary health centre Okwuzi, with over 60 children and teenagers in attendance.
The young ones were reached with life skills information on relationships, leadership, and moral values and information on sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender based violence was also provided. Consequences and solutions to gender based violence were discussed. The children were also encouraged to always report acts of incest, rape and other forms of sexual violence.
Pictorial representations, role play, games, clips from the movie “For coloured girls” as well as break-out sessions w ere all used to reinforce the information provided. At the end of the meeting the children were sent forth as ambassadors to share the information and knowledge gained from the meeting with peers and colleagues.
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