The fourth National Girls Camp by the Office of the First Lady has come to an end.
The annual event was borne out of the desire of the First Lady Sia Nyama Koroma, to equip, empower and build the capacity of young girls.
Over the years the camping sessions sought to address the challenges faced by young girls as spelt out in the 2013 National Strategy for the Reduction of Teenage Pregnancy and goal 5 of the sustainable development goals.
Girls from disadvantaged and socio-economic backgrounds aged 10-19 were enrolled from all fourteen districts to take part in the camp.
Various topics pertinent to the period of adolescence were covered.
During the opening ceremony for this year’s camp, the First Lady, Sia Nyama Koroma, called for investments in girls, as it will give them the tools required to build a sustainable future.
She called for a concerted effort, mobilization of resources, energies, knowledge and sustainable actions that will create the desired impact.
It is through education and economic empowerment that women can enjoy full empowerment and gender equality the First Lady reiterated.
The previous camping sessions have formed strong success stories of young girls across the country and continues to inspire more girls who yearn for social change, sexual Health rights and responsibilities.
Former campers are now involved in advocacy and taking up roles on issues of national development.
Some were granted scholarships to further their studies abroad.
Former camper and Marshall for this years session, Unicie Mustapha, says that this years campers have gained increased knowledge of their rights, roles and responsibilities as adolescent’s coupled with a strong sense of patriotism and cultural pride.
Head of Women’s Initiative for Safer Health in the Office of the First Lady and Coordinator for the National Girls Camp Florence N’jai Sesay applauded UNFPA, CARE, SAVE THE CHILDREN, IRISH AID, CHINESE EMBASSY, CHILD FUND, BRAC, NATCOM, ISRAEL AID, WOMEN’S FORUM, NATIONAL YOUTH COMMISSION, the Ministry of Education Science and Technology, the Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs and Speak Up Africa and Rochas Foundation who were this years International guests for their Technical and Financial support towards this years camp.
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