Rubies Well-Being Foundation (R Foundation), a non- profit organisation, has trained 300 students in Epe area, Lagos State, on reproductive health and technology adoption to build their health capacities and enhance their innovative tendencies.
President, R Foundation, Dr Boluwatife Ifeanyi-Paul, at the training at Pobuna Secondary School, Epe, reiterated her commitment to improving lives with special focus on girls and women empowerment.
Ifeanyi-Paul said the foundation would not relent in improving the quality of life of the less-privileged and marginalised particularly in rural and underserved communities.
This, she said, would be achieved via community outreaches, trainings and sensitisation, provision of health assessment screenings and literacy skills.
She added that the training was in line with the company’s vision where children would access guaranteed opportunities to various developments that enabled them exercise their right to education, health, livelihood and social security.
“The trainings today on reproductive health, adoption of technology, financial intelligence, drug abuse, sexual purity and value of life would go a long way to enable children live the best life possible in the areas of health, education and social welfare.
“The current rate of drug abuse even amongst children is of concern and these children need to be reminded about the value of life so that they are edged to move forward in life the right way.
“We have also observed the increasing adoption of technology in every sphere of life and though many of these children have the inclination to technology, they are not fully able to harness these skills due to lack of access or other limitations.
“This event provides the room for those with such skills to further enhance the skills and we would continue to promote community based initiatives to drive sustainable development and growth in rural and coastal areas,” she said.
Mr Wale Bello, a psychologist, charged the children to understand the value and purpose of life and not allow their backgrounds hinder them from achieving resounding success.
“You must from now begin to set goals for yourselves and stay focused on achieving these goals.
“You must also believe that you can achieve what you have set out to do and embrace the knowledge necessary to help drive that goal to fruition,” he said.
Mr Joseph Aboderin, Principal, Pobuna Secondary School, Epe, lauded the initiative and urged the children to take advantage of the opportunities the trainings provided to further advance in life.
Aboderin said that the country needed more outreaches to reshape the minds of the youth, steer them away from self destructive tendencies and promote self development and all round growth.
“It is my hope that initiatives like this, beyond what is being taught in the classrooms, continue so that many more lives can be impacted,” he said.
The foundation also held free breast examination and breast cancer awareness programmes and donated materials that supports personal hygiene.