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NGO urges youths to embrace mentorship, positive use of social media

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NGO urges youths to embrace mentorship, positive use of social media

Project Grow, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has called on youths to embrace mentorship and positive use of social media while using the internet.

Miss Chidera Anele, the Project Officer, Project Grow, stated this in a statement on Friday after a seminar on the importance of mentorship and positive use of social media, organised for selected schools in Lagos.

Anele urged parents and teachers to enlighten their children and students on how they could use social media in a positive way.

“As parents and teachers, we need to let these young ones know that there are lots of benefits on the internet that can enhance their studies and brighten their future.

“They can enrol in free online courses, do project research online, solve their assignments, among others on the internet, “she said.

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She urged the youth to always use social media platforms in a positive way by prioritising what they did on social media and minimising the time they used.

Also, Miss Veronica Esode, Registrar, Wavecrest College of Hospitality, said youths needed awareness and good education on the usage of the Internet.

“Our youths should be educated on why they should take caution when using the internet. As parents, we must let our children know that the freedom they have on the internet is to choose the right thing only.

“If our young people are able to understand that they have to learn to choose the right thing on the internet, they would not have any problems,” she said.

She noted that everyone needed a mentor at a point in time in his or her life.

“Mentoring guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, mentors play a powerful role in providing young people with the tools to make responsible choices in life.

“Mentoring also builds strong, healthy brains and connects young people to resources that can engage them in development activities.

“Mentoring creates relationships that lead to knowledge transfer in the workplace, right at home, in school, in business and others, ” Veronica said.

Mrs Edna Dafe, Director of the Women’s Board, urged the youth to take their parents as their first mentors and not to look for mentors outside.

“Your first mentor should actually be your parents. Don’t go and be looking for mentors outside.

“Let your parents be your first mentor because no matter what happens, they will still have your interests at heart. After that, you can also choose your school teacher as your mentor, “she said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the seminar featured six schools which included Wavecrest College, Rainbow College, Yaba College of Technology, and Muritala Ajadi Animashaun Community Grammar School.

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