SBF, unveiled her Back to School Initiative (BSi) Program for teenage mothers in Ekiti communities. The initiative aims to enhance human development through encouraging young mothers to embrace education and be empowered and have access to job opportunity.
At the kick off of the programme at Ewu-Ekiti, a rural community located in Ilejemeje Local Government, the purpose of the program was immediately made known by the Coordinator, Mr Dayo Ayeni said that, SBF is an all-inclusive NGO that focuses on adolescent health and gender development. He went further to explain that, SBF have in-school and out of school program. “The in-school program is where adolescent are educated and sensitized on the right health services and practices. Since lack of such health information places them at the risk of getting unwanted pregnancy, abortion, STIs and HIV/AIDS and the likes.” He said.
Just like all the attending teenage mothers show interest in the program which is to enable them to re-establish their dreams of becoming role models to their children as well as becoming productive members of their society, an Assistant Director in Public Health, representing Ministry of Health, Mrs Adewemimo, was very impressed about the initiative of back to school. In her words, Adewemimo said “… it is a laudable program that should be supported by all stakeholders, and the program should not be limited to Ilejemeje Local Government alone but should be extended to other local governments in the state.”
Also Mrs Ajiboye, the Ilejemeje Local Government, school health officer appreciated the great work that SBF has just started and prayed that the programme will all be successful in Jesus name.
Gifts were given to the babies of these teen moms. Not only for participating but to also encourage them, that SBF as an organisation that loves them. Response on behalf of the teenage mothers, Miss Faseluka Yemisi said, they have regretted their mistakes and pledged to reorganize, take bold steps and focus on all the foundation has revealed to accomplish their dreams in life.