ARFH Celebrates 2024 Childrens’ Day: “Investing in the Future is Investing in the Children”

Yesterday, we supported the Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development (MYSD) to celebrate the 2024 Children’s Day with the theme: ”. The event which was held at the EKO FM Multipurpose Hall in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, hosted vibrant and brilliant children from different schools and communities. Top Government officials and ARFH staff present include- Lagos State Honourable Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Permanent Secretary MYSD, Director Child MYSD, ICHSSA-2 Deputy Chief of Party ARFH; State Program Manager, Senior Programm Officer, Quality Improvement Officer among others.

Two key competitions were held to showcase the talent of the children:
1. Debate Competition hosted by the Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development. The debate competition provided a unique platform for children to express their views on critical issues, showcase their critical thinking and public speaking skills.
2. Essay Competition organized by ARFH ICHSSA-2 Project Lagos. The essay topic focused on “Protecting the Nigerian Child from the Dangers of Online Technology.” Participants showcased their writing skills and insights, shedding light on safeguarding children in the digital age. Winners of the essay competition received various recognitions and prizes to further motivate them to be the best. Yousuf Fathia from Lagos island clinched the first prize followed by Esther Ugoma (Agege LGA), Jumah Mubarak (Lagos Island), Alli Isaiah (Kosofe LGA) and Ashafa Tijani (Lagos Mainland).

Participants also engaged in discussions about the responsible use of online technology and social media, empowering them with requisite knowledge and awareness including digital violence and strategies to combat it, thereby fostering a safe and supportive environment for the children.

The ICHSSA-2 Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP), Mrs Esther Brodrick-Shehu reiterated ARFH’s unwavering commitment to advocating for vulnerable children. By honing their skills and nurturing their potential, ARFH aims to empower children to thrive and contribute positively to the society. Mrs Brodrick-Shehu said.

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