NGO Trains Female Teachers on ‘Safe Space’ for Girls in 100 Borno Schools
By Lawan Bukar Maigana
The Girl Child Concerns, GCC, in collaboration with the Borno State Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment (AGILE), has organized a five-day training program for teachers on establishing ‘safe spaces’ for girls in 100 schools within Borno State.
The training which started on Tuesday (today) is being held at Government Girls College Maiduguri.
It will end on Saturday. About 171 participants from 27 local government areas of the State are attending the program.
Coordinator of the training Ummulkhairi Usman said that the training is aimed at empowering teachers with advanced skills in mentorship and guidance and counseling to be able to guide girls during their adolescence period in their various boarding and day schools.
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In a keynote address, Hassana Pindar, a Gender Based Violence GBV specialist, charged the teachers who are community mentors and counselors to be productive and helpful in helping girls to make positive decisions during their adolescence stage.
Speaking, the coordinator of Girl Child Concerns Academy Hauwa Musa Gwoma described the adolescence period as a “terrible stage” in girls’ life that require a lot of mentorships and positive advice else they may ruin their future.
She emphasized the need for women to establish themselves and acquire as many skills as possible to discover their potential to achieve a successful career and life in the future.
Gwoma explained that women are the engines of every development, concluding that girls are needed for future development.
“We need to help our girls in their various schools to build themselves with skills, patience, resilience, and knowledge to enable them to become women of substance in the future.”