Teens tasked on building leadership skills, reporting gender based violence at Teen Leader Shift Conference in Benin City
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Teens tasked on building leadership skills, reporting gender based violence at Teen Leader Shift Conference in Benin City

Tejiri "Teajay" Chunu at Teen Leader Shift Conference
Tejiri "Teajay" Chunu at Teen Leader Shift Conference



By Ik Osamede

Renowned teen coach and founder Teen on Fire Leadership Initiative (TOF Nation), Mr. Tejiri 'Teajay' Chunu, has organized a teen leader shift conference to shapen future leaders on honing relevant skills to enable them become leaders with capacity. The program which brought together various teenagers drawn from various schools in Edo State, saw them learning important values that will position them as effectual leaders. 


The children were taken from their comfort zones to the corridors of power where they interacted with Government leaders at the Edo State Government House. The program with the theme: "My nation, My responsibility," also served as an avenue to bring to their awareness their rights as enshrined in the law against gender based violence in the State.

Tejiri "Teajay" Chunu at Teen Leader Shift Conference
Tejiri "Teajay" Chunu at Teen Leader Shift Conference





Mr Teajay Chunu said it is the right of every child to report cases of gender based violence while charging them to see themselves as agents capable of effecting positive changes in the society.


He said, "We want to engage you in the powerhouse. The powerhouse is governance. The powerhouse is where decisions and policies are created that determine your future. We want to start conversations going forward that will engage you in this space. So that in no time the next Governor of this State will be someone that is sitting here."


The Edo State Governor, represented by the Edo State Commissioner for Youth and Gender, Hon. Adaze Emwanta, said: "If you have an abuse in your school, there's a judge that can take the perpetrator up. You have a duty to report abuse and gender-based violence. Edo is one of the few States where any form of sexual harrassment is not acceptable. Edo will partner with the organisers of this program to ensure the program becomes a yearly ritual."

He continued: "We have a listening Governor that is ready to protect the rights of every Edo child. Every child's right that is violated must be prosecuted. For female children, if anybody touch you inappropriately you have a right to report."

On her part, the Special Adviser to Edo State Governor on Strategy, Policy, Program and Management, Mrs Sarah Adjose, said, "Amongst you, I see the future generation of Edo State — those who are going to take Edo State from where we leave it to where we dream it to be. We all know that we are not where we should be as a country. That is why the future generation is so important to this administration. We focus on the youths and education because we believe you're the future of Edo State." 

Tejiri "Teajay" Chunu at Teen Leader Shift Conference
Tejiri "Teajay" Chunu at Teen Leader Shift Conference



"Greatness is a personal responsibility. As a parent, as a teacher, all we can do is to teach you and guide you. But it is is your responsibility to make the right decisions."


Tejiri "Teajay" Chunu at Teen Leader Shift Conference
Tejiri "Teajay" Chunu at Teen Leader Shift Conference


The program later dovetailed into a breakout session where the various schools were mixed giving them the opportunity to interact amongst themselves and build interpersonal relationship skills. The convener said the session would help to make the children critical thinkers and problem solvers. 

Tejiri "Teajay" Chunu at Teen Leader Shift Conference
Tejiri "Teajay" Chunu at Teen Leader Shift Conference



According to Chunu, "The session is focused on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). First is education. We want them to know what it is about. We want them to think about what they can do to help achieve that goal. They are discussing the problems in that thematic area and they are to profer solutions. The goal is that they become problem solvers."


Tejiri "Teajay" Chunu at Teen Leader Shift Conference
Tejiri "Teajay" Chunu at Teen Leader Shift Conference



The program also featured a panel discussion on the need to shun thuggery and be determined in their educational pursuits. The children's questions relating to child's rights, leadership skills and governance were sufficiently attended to. Some of the panelists were Reverend Ben Akhigbe, Lead Pastor at Firm Foundation; and Hon. Adaze Emwanta. Others were officials from the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Representatives of Edo State Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, amongst others.
Tejiri "Teajay" Chunu at Teen Leader Shift Conference
Tejiri "Teajay" Chunu at Teen Leader Shift Conference





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