The Pastor Bimbo Odukoya Foundation (PBOF) recently organized an eight day peer education for prefects (PEP) summer camp for five selected public schools in the Ilupeju/ Yaba axis of Lagos state in furthering her effort to raise raise quality leaders with high moral standards and etiquettes.
The event which began on Sunday, August 9, 2015 had 46 prefects from Estate Grammar School, Ilupeju; Onike Girls Junior High School, Yaba; Ilupeju Senior Secondary School, Ilupeju; Wesley Girls Senior Secondary School, Yaba and Ilupeju Senior Grammar School, Ilupeju camped at The Living Word Camp, Ibeju-Lekki for trainings on Leadership and Peer education.
With veterans like Barrister Taiwo Akinlami, Mr. Kunle Soriyan, Mr. Seun Shobo, Mrs. Kemi Sowemimo, Mrs. Tiwa Soriyan, Mr. Efe Paul Azino, and Miss Tricia Ikponmwonba, the students were exposed to trainings on Sexuality, Leadership and Peer Education, Life Building Skills, Etiquettes, Character Building, Creative Writing, and Career.
According to the Director of the Foundation, Mrs.Osasu Paul-Azino, the essence of the event is to start the raising of effective leadership from early stage so as to make them better leaders in the society. In her words, “there is a fundamental lack of leadership in the schools. This is why we have this first summer camp especially in the public schools, to put these students together in a place, starting with the prefects first because they already have leadership roles in their various schools, train them on leadership and they in turn go back to their schools and influence their peers positively.”
Mrs. Omolara Adesanya who is the deputy chairperson, board of trustees of the foundation corroborated this while speaking at the award ceremony which held on Saturday august 15. According to her, the vision of the PEP summer camp is to raise a generation of leaders with the requisite mental, social and moral capacity to affect their world and this has been achieved in the last eight days. “These trainings have exposed them to identifying and developing their personal strengths and leadership potentials, it has also imbibed in them a foundation of sound moral values that will enable them become better individuals and leaders and has created and equipped them in interpersonal skills and expressing creativity,” she said.
There was interactive session between the students and a panel of Mr. Kayode Olusesan, Representative of Lagos State Ministry Of Youthand Social Development; Mr.Ogunbiyi A.I from The Ministry Of Education; Mrs.BadejoYetunde, Counselor at Onike Girls Senior Secondary School; Mrs. Kemi Sowemimo, CEO, Connaissance; Miss Tricia Ikponmwonba, Project Lead Of Stay In School Nigeria (NGO), Mrs. EbelechukwuNwouzor, Founder of Sympathy Worldwide Foundation; and Miss EzinneAkudo Anyaoha, CEO Of The Eight Foundation and Miss Nigeria 2013.
In response, the students expressed their appreciation to the foundation and promised to take the trainings back to their peers.Speaking for the students were Mordi Clement from Ilupeju Senior Grammar School, Mary-Angela Anosike and Temitope Balogun from Wesley Girls Senior Secondary School, Yaba. According to them, “it is true that there is no place like home but honestly speaking, it doesn’t apply here.”
They also entertained guests after which they were given the certificates of participation.