Right now many girls are not developing the skills they will need to procure a decent work later in life. Many girls believe they cannot have certain skills simply because they are girls and such tasks are meant for boys. But that is not true. We must begin to prepare the next generation of girls and boys to possess skills for the future work place. It all starts with developing a career mindset.
In commemoration of the international day of the girl child 2018 themed, With Her: A Skilled GirlForce, the Lead Transformation Initaiative (LTI) Team set out to carry out a sensitization outreach at Just Once Model College. The team was made up of Titilayo Kemi kings, Ruth Ekwere and Dimeji Olaoye.
During the outreach, we reached both the senior and junior secondary school students -male and female students. We spoke mainly on girls seeking knowledge and getting the required skills for the future work place, skills such as; problem solving skills, analytical skill which could be harnessed through quantitative reasoning tasks, critical thinking skills and ICT skill. We also encouraged teachers to continue their work of training, mentoring guiding the students and ensuring that these young ones are prepared for their future work.
This was the first interaction we made with the students. We realize how much girls were passionate about developing skills for themselves but were also scared of the seeming societal construct that limits them.
As a follow up our initial training, the LTI team led by Titilayo Kemi Kings went on another outreach, Gender RIDE at the same school teaching students on ‘building a career mindset’. Students were enlightened on how to get curious, build confidence and gain clarity of there career vision and goals. About 300 students were reached on this outreach.
The feedback we got through questions and comments from students revealed that they are ready to use their talents and build new skills to bring transformation needed for the next generation.