Ayodele Olofintuade discovered that many young girls are ignorant of their rights and this makes them easy targets of abuses. Ayodele therefore opted to mentor 11 female students from Olunde Community Secondary School, Ibadan, on child rights, sexual abuse and child protection as enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution. Assisted by two resource persons, one of which is a teacher in the school, Ayodele also exposed the students to career education, with particular focus on journalism and writing. The group met for 45 minutes on Tuesday.
According to her, “The mentees have expanded their knowledge about their rights and have gained more confidence. Their use of English Language in writing is also improving, and they have become regular users of the library that 9jafeminista (her blog) was able to provide.”
She hopes to continue the programme next term (second term) with another batch of 19 students, bringing the total to 30. The first and second batches would then be trained together as peer educators in third term, after which the design would be taken to another school entirely.