Jela’s Development Initiatives (JDI), a non-profit organization supported by the TY Danjuma Foundation, has organized a three-day mental health awareness program for teachers, counselors and administrators at four notable public secondary schools in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The program, which took place at the Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja, between August 24 and 26, 2022, also marked the establishment of JDI’s Mental Health Clubs in the selected schools.
Speaking at the event, JDI founder Angela Ochu-Baiye said: “The training was specifically aimed at principals, VPs, counselors and teachers in four public secondary schools. They followed a robust mental health curriculum and a series of extensive exercises in preparation for new students coming in for the next academic year.Essentially we are establishing our Mental Health Clubs in the schools.”
Ochu-Baiye, who revealed that the program was supported by the FCT Board for Secondary Education, hinted that the Mental Health Clubs would fundamentally address the critical social issues of cultism, drug abuse, bullying and negative peer pressure that are common in high schools. that “this is the first time mental health clubs have been established in public high schools”.
The four schools that have benefited from the program are Government Secondary School Gwagwa, Government Secondary School Airport, Government Secondary School Jabi and Government Girls Secondary School Dutse.
According to JDI, the psychology students at Nile University were also part of the training, as the nonprofit signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the university to build the students’ capacities as the program was about mental health.
Ochu-Baiye further expressed his gratitude to the TY Danjuma Foundation, Nile University and the FCT Board for Secondary Education for their support in updating the program, and urged for more partnerships to support the impact and expand the program to other high schools in the FCT and other parts of the country.
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