By Samsideen Ceesay
Salimatou Foundation for Education, SaFE a civil society organisation that advocates for quality education, over the weekend convened a press conference to launch what it called Teen Girls mentorship program.
It was organised at the Child Protection Alliance office in Fajara.
The mentorship aims to help young girls develop their self-esteem, and know their rights and responsibilities.
Speaking at the event, the chief executive officer, SaFE, Salimatou Fatty, said: “The activities involved in the program would be centered on field visits”.
She pointed out that teen girl’s mentorship program is the maiden edition organised by the foundation.
“The first cohort of the participants is drawn from Kanifing Municipal Council and the West Coast Region, targeting ages between14 to 19 years.”
She said fifteen girls will be mentored in the program and the event will last for three months.
She added: “The mentorship programs will also cover storytelling as we believe that storytelling can change someone’s life and inspire them to do a positive change in society.
“Bringing people from other region requires funding and currently we do not have enough funding to bring others from other regions but we hope in the subsequent cohorts those in the other regions will be included in the mentorship program”, she said.
Hannah Barry, a volunteer said the foundation is a civil society organisation that advocates for quality education, gender and child rights.
She added: “We organised school outreaches, sponsorship for needy students and mentorship programs for girls”.
Sulayman Jaiteh, also a volunteer, enunciated how the foundation’s outreaches and mentorship programs have impacted “a lot of lives of girls in the community.”