UNITED Nations, UN, and
the Christian Women for
Excellence and Empowerment
in Nigerian Society, CWEENS,
said it will train 400 secondary
school girls on peace and
mentoring in Plateau.
Our correspondent reports
that already, eight clubs have
been inaugurated in Riyom and
Mangu Local Governments
as Girls Empowerment and
Mentoring Scheme, GEMS,
toward reaching out to girls in
secondary schools in the state
and beyond.
Some of the schools that
benefited from the gesture
include Government
Secondary School, GSS,
Langai, GSS Bwolgwang, GSS
Mangu and GSS Mangu Halle
in Riyom Local Government.
It would be recalled that
recently, CWEENS, in Mangu,
inaugurated 400 women who
will in turn train 2,000 women
on peace and security network
on the Plateau.
Speaking during the
inauguration of the club at
GSS Mangu, Ms Suchet Musa,
CWEENS’ Project Manager,
explained that “the objective
of the Girls Peace Clubs is to
empower young girls at the
grassroots by building their
“It is also aimed at catching
them young by enabling them
to develop their potentials
and aspire to become leaders,
change agents and peace
builders in their respective
communities and the society at
“The clubs are expected
to have 50 students each
that will be trained on peace
building skills, leadership
and negotiating skills, conflict
management, volunteerism
and community relations.
“We will also enlighten them
on the importance of the girlchild
staying in school and
completing her education,
consequences and how to
avoid teenage pregnancy,
gaining life skills, debate and
sports,’’ she disclosed.
Musa stated that already, 16
teachers in the eight schools
have undergone intensive
capacity training on how to
set up and run GEMS in the
targeted schools.
The project manager
explained that “the girls we
are inaugurating today are
leaders of tomorrow, who
will make a difference in our
country, as the saying goes,
`building a woman is building
a nation’.
According to her, “we
believe that these girls will
grow up to become responsible
women, mothers, citizens
and nation builders in their
respective fields/professions
and capacities.’’
Responding, Mrs Sylvia
Nyamtu, Principal, GSS
Mangu, expressed happiness
with the setting up of the
Girls Peace Club in the school
and described it as “very
encouraging’’ and “a laudable
hope raiser.’’
Represented by Mr Bala Ali,
Head of Department, HOD,
Science, she said CWEENS
had brought life to GSS
Mangu by inaugurating GEMS
which would serve as a good
foundation to build upon.
“We shall give the club/
scheme our support and ensure
that our girls become good
ambassadors of this school
wherever they find themselves
and in which ever discipline’’.