Theme: Fostering Inclusion: Changing community’s perception towards street connected children

Skill Acquisition Day and Market Executives Meeting In a remarkable showcase of community unity and commitment to a better future, Iso Obi within Lafenwa Market and Atikankan, opposite Ilawe park, Ado Ekiti was abuzz with activity during the GSK Initiative Week dedicated to ending violence against children. This event was marked by a dual celebration of Skill Acquisition Day and a significant meeting with market executives, both of which held the promise of positive change for the community. The following were in attendance at the August occasion, Ministry of women Affairs and social Development for Ogun and Ekiti state, NSCDC Ogun state, Police officers, Anti human trafficking and child protection officer, National Coordinator, state ccordinator child protection, and State coordinator CISHAN.

The Skill Acquisition Day was a platform for entrepreneurs to demonstrate their talents and impart valuable skills to street children and eager participants to learn new skills, the event offered a workshop aimed at empowering individuals with new avenues for economic growth. Amidst the colorful stalls and interactive sessions, Street connected children enthusiastically absorbed knowledge on liquid soap making and germicides.
Amidst the bustling Skill Acquisition Day, a pivotal meeting with market executives took place. This gathering marked a pivotal moment of collaboration between community leaders and market decision-makers. With the GSK Initiative Week focusing on ending violence against children, the discussions centered on creating a safer environment within the market premises and beyond. There were suggestions and crossed fertilized Ideas flowed freely, ranging from improved security measures to awareness campaigns, all aimed at protecting the youngest members of the community.
However, the pinnacle of the day was yet to come. An innovative presentation awaited the market executives and participants, showcasing a grinding machine – a symbol of resourcefulness and determination. The leader of the street-connected children Kehinde ( aka Soobatan alanu Wapco ) a charismatic young individual who had proven his leadership qualities over time, took the stage and he told all the children at the gathering to be resilient and remain focused because it never occurred to him that GSKi was taking note of all he was doing concerning the mobilization of the children for all the programs organized by the organization.
His presentation was met with admiration and applause. The grinding machine was not just a tool; it was a testament to the transformative power of education, mentorship, and community support. The leader’s ability to articulate the machine’s significance left a profound impact on the audience, underscoring the potential within every individual, regardless of their circumstances.

The Skill Acquisition Day and the presentation of the grinding machine served as a poignant reminder that positive change can stem from the most unexpected places. Through this event, the GSK initiative Week highlighted the importance of nurturing young talents and fostering an environment that breaks the chains of violence and adversity.
Iso Obi’s central location within Lafenwa Market lent itself as the perfect backdrop for this convergence of skill-building and community leadership. The vibrancy of the market, combined with the spirit of change brought about by the GSK Initiative Week, created an atmosphere of hope and determination. As the sun set on this memorable day, it was evident that the bonds formed and ideas shared would shape a brighter future for the community’s children.
In retrospect, the Skill Acquisition Day and market executive meeting held at Iso Obi and Atikankan during the GSK Initiative Week will be remembered as a pivotal juncture in the ongoing efforts to end violence against children. The event showcased the power of collective action, emphasizing the role each individual plays in fostering a safe and nurturing environment for the younger generation. As the echoes of laughter and the hum of enthusiastic conversations continue to reverberate through the market, the promise of positive change remains alive, ready to shape the future of our community and beyond.

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