Youth Initiative for Sustainable Human Development in Africa (YiSHDA) has formally launched the Girls Mentorship Program in Nigeria. The official launching took place at the World Bank Country Office in Abuja on the 23rd June, 2014.
Fifteen female students from three senior secondary schools from within Abuja made the visit to the World Bank Country Office for the official launch of Girls Mentorship Program. And For the young girls, it was a day to discover new things as they had the opportunity to meet and discuss with the World Bank Nigeria Country Director- Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly.
The President/CEO of YiSHDA, Joseph Emmanuel Yaba in his remark said that Girls Mentorship Program is designed to help young girls get the support they need to become successful women leaders, achievers, managers, and entrepreneurs in the future. Girls will also have the opportunity to meet, discuss, share ideas with women leaders in the society who will also play the role of a mentor. Joseph also appreciated the World Bank Nigeria Senior Communication Specialist, Obadiah Tohomdet for making the Girls Mentorship Program possible and applauded the World Bank for contributing positively to the society through the FADAMA Project and other World Bank assisted project in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the National Programs Coordinator of Junior Achievement Nigeria, Franca Nnaji Thomas in her remarks said that the Girls Mentorship Program is an opportunity for the Girls to be World Bank Ambassadors in their various schools and among their peers. She encouraged the girls to take seriously the opportunity of being at the World Bank and meeting with the Country Director as a step in the right direction towards emulating successful women leaders in the society.
The World Bank Country Director, Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly was pleased to host the girls and commended Youth Initiative for Sustainable Human Development in Africa (YiSHDA) for the laudable program towards impact positively the lives of young girls in the society and also appeal to other youth organizations in Nigeria to design and implement programs that will favour young girls in the society.
The World Bank Country did not hesitate to briefly talk to the Girls about what the World Bank does to ensure a poverty free society in countries of the world. She said the World Bank is an international development institution that provides support to governments to help reduce poverty and one of the ways the World Bank has been involved in Nigeria is helping in the actualization of her vision 20:2020 and this the world bank achieves by looking into the critical sectors which are agriculture, transportation; helping to connect cities, helping transition from mini industries to Industrialization.
The World Bank Country Director also shared her personal experiences with the girls and encouraged the girls to always search for excellence, to be focused and have values which must be nurtured.
The Girls Mentorship Program (G-MEP) is another hallmark of YiSHDA and is in line with one of YiSHDA’s core thematic area of operation which is Education.
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