Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN) is set to empower fifty (50) girls from various regions of Nigeria for the six installment of its LEAD (Leadership, Empowerment, Achievement and Development) camp taking place from 17th of July to 23rd of July in Lagos. This year’s edition is strongly supported by Union Bank and HOD consulting inc.
Mrs Ifua Ede who is the executive director of JAN highlighted the gap of unemployment ratio as regards females in Nigeria. She noted that 22.2% of females in Nigeria are unemployed while that of male stands at 16%. The LEAD Camp will consist of 50 carefully selected girls from all of Nigeria. Majority of the girls are public school students who may never get this type of opportunities in their lives.The girls will be taught how to be leaders by mentors in areas such as Oil and Gas, Fashion, Sport, and media.
Union Bank who are key partners for this year’s LEAD Camp was represented by Mrs Ogochukwu Ogezie. Mrs Ogezie spoke about giving the girls an opportunity and necessary tools needed to move up higher in the cooperate society. She is also threw more light on how Union Bank will always be supporting similar initiatives that aim at improving the girl child.
Director General of JAN, Miss Adaeze Oputa who was visibly excited about the commencement of the camp, Spoke about how the camp will also focus on teaching the girls about self development. She revealed that mentors from Ebony Life TV, Punch and Spice TV will be present to mentor the girls and help them become high achieving women leaders.
Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN) is part of Junior Achievement Worlwide (JAWW). Established in 1919, JAWW is the world oldest economic empowerment NGO with a 121 country network. Since inception in 1999, JAN has reached over 650,000 students in over 750 schools, In 29 locations across the country with a support of over 1000 volunteers.