All is now set for the 5th edition of the annual summer holiday camps organised by Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative, YEDI (a Non-Governmental Organisation).
Tagged ‘Skillz Holiday Camps,’ the free event which is generously sponsored by a global energy giant, ExxonMobil and M.A.C AIDS Fund, seeks to meaningfully engage 4,000 young people (age 10-19) in disadvantaged communities in Lagos, Akwa Ibom and Ogun States with a slew of fun and educational activities.
According to YEDI’s Programmes Director, Tomisin Adeoye, participants at the camps would be provided with a safe space to learn healthy habits, important life skills and prevention of endemic diseases like Malaria, HIV, and sexual and reproductive health education, using football, games, and other fun activities in an interactive environment. “They will also be empowered with soft skills for economic empowerment, and lots of fun,” she added.
Adeoye stressed the importance of engaging young people positively during the long holiday, a period where youths are most ‘vulnerable’: “This is a period where youths are most vulnerable; because they have a lot of idle time and are exposed to negative peer pressure that increases their likelihood of engaging in risky activities. Our approach, therefore, is the introduction of Grassroot Soccer curriculum which combines football drills, games and other physical activities, with health education curriculum delivery, vital discussions and biomedical interventions, like HIV testing in a safe, fun and interactive environment,” she noted.
The Programme Director explained further that the camps would run for 8hours per day over 5 days and participants would experience a series of exciting activities that would engage them for the whole day. These, she said, would be handled by trained volunteers who are also Coaches.
“Some of the activities include registration, orientation, Physical exercise, breakfast, lunch, Bed-net demonstration (where they are taught the importance of Long Lasting Insecticidal Net (LLIN) and how best to use it); talent hunt and exhibition (where they are all given an opportunity to showcase and hone their skills); quiz competition; and several other activities,” she explained.
She thanked the sponsors and youth volunteers for supporting a programme aimed at making the holiday period a memorable one for all the targeted participants.