The Youth Empowerment Foundation (YEF) said it has trained 80,000 schoolgirls on the dangers of teenage pregnancies and how to avoid it.The programme coordinator, Ms. Adekemi Omole, said the foundation also engaged the schoolgirls on basic skills like tailoring, baking and decoration skills, among others.
She spoke in Abuja on Thursday at the quiz competition themed: “Goal reaching new heights” which was sponsored by the Standard Chartered Bank.
According to her, the girls have been under training for 10 months and the aim is to make them have a better and quality life and also empower them especially where there are high risks of teenage pregnancies to protect their chastity.
She added that they have so far trained over 30 schoolgirls who also have to train 14 girls each, making a total of 4,000 girls per school.
She said, “We recently trained some school girls in Pyakasa, in Kuje Area Council in FCT to ensure that they know the danger of teenage pregnancies, to learn to say emphatic ‘NO’, take care of their personal hygiene and know their rights.”
She said the foundation is reaching out to youths to prevent everything negative adding that they are in collaboration with the Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB) to ensure that the programme reach out to all the schools across the country.