A Civic Engagement Activity by Jerry Eziowoma 2023 EPLF Cohort Fellow
In alignment with our Fellowship’s unwavering commitment to Civic Engagement, Jerry, an esteemed EPLF Fellow, with generous support from LEAP Africa and the Nigeria Youth Futures Fund, organized an Educational and Sensitization Seminar on September 26, 2023. The primary objective of this event was to enlighten students on the misconception that “School is not a Scam.” With immense enthusiasm, Jerry saw a record attendance of 20 participants at this seminar.
The primary aims of the seminar were twofold: first, to instill in young secondary school students a profound understanding of the paramount importance of diligently pursuing their academic studies, and second, to inspire and nurture their growth in leadership skills.
The participants enthusiastically embraced a deeper comprehension of leadership skill development during the seminar, unanimously dispelling the notion that “school is a scam.” Moreover, they collectively committed to abstaining from illicit activities such as Yahoo fraud and examination malpractice. This robust civic engagement initiative effectively heightened awareness regarding the vital significance of education, while also fostering a greater understanding of the essential facets of leadership development. Ultimately, it bolstered knowledge surrounding the imperative need to eschew participation in Yahoo Yahoo and examination malpractice.
Both Government and Non-Governmental Organizations must embark on extensive awareness campaigns and engage in advocacy visits to Secondary Schools regarding the aforementioned topic. Furthermore, Governments should establish compulsory policies designed to penalize educators and school administrators who coerce students into participating in examination malpractice. At the same time, it is crucial for all levels of government to actively facilitate a conducive environment for job creation, which will enable recent and established graduates to secure gainful employment. Such measures collectively serve to unequivocally affirm that the educational system is not a deceitful enterprise.
In his role as an EPLF Fellow, he will continue to actively participate in additional advocacy visits and educational seminars centered around the subject matter in the future.
Post the successful sensitization seminar, the hosting institution, Youth Health and Leadership Network, has pledged to conduct subsequent seminars on the same topic. Furthermore, they have committed to collaborating with relevant industry stakeholders to enhance the leadership skills of young secondary students.