Nigeria Reads, a Non-Profit Organisation with the aim to improve reading culture among young Nigerians has organised an event to create an avenue for young Nigerian girls to develop skills in areas like public speaking and advocacy.
The event which was themed “Strong girls make strong communities”, was in partnership with Glow Club. About 300 adolescent girls from Bauchi, Plateau, Akwa Ibom, Niger, Kaduna, Nasarawa and Abuja were hosted.
Joyce Garba, the group’s partnership coordinator, while speaking at the occasion explained that the aim of the event was to open the girls to other networks of girls from different communities.
According to her, it will help the girls have discussions on issues they are passionate about, share stories that resonate with their experiences and the positive future they share.
“This is a platform for girls to reflect on their personal strengths and past experiences so as to express themselves through art and story-telling,” she said.
“It is of interest to us at Nigeria Reads and Glow Club to, through storytelling and networking, create a pool of innovative and solution driven girls who will serve as community champions and bring about development in the society,” Garba added.
While speaking at the event, the co-founder of Roving Heights Bookstore, Bola Eyinade, said such were important to “foster literacy” and promote reading culture among young persons. She further encouraged young girls to inculcate the habit of reading and learning to keep them informed.
Sessions like “letter to my community”, “declaration of intent”, “steps to effective advocacy”, “silent interviews”, “public speaking skills’, “advocacy practice” and others were organised for the girls at the event.