By Olubusuyi Adenipekun
As part of the on-going efforts by concerned stakeholders to give the Nigerian youths an all-round education, a youth camp has been built by the New Era Foundation (NEF), a non-governmental organisation, in Ibeju-Lekki, a Lagos surburb .
The camp is to cater for informal educational needs of children from age seven to 17 in home science, computer, public speaking and sporting activities like basketball, tennis and football.
According to the president of NEF, Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu the establishment of the camp was informed by the urge to make the society a better place, especially for children and teenagers.
Speaking at a briefing to mark the 10th anniversary of NEF, the former first lady of Lagos State said little contribution by every Nigerian would make a difference.
She said: â€œI have held unto a quote by Dolly Paton which says, â€œYou cannot do everything but you can do something and that is what I am trying to do. We see these camps abroad and we are trying to bring them down to Nigeria.â€
She explained that during the camp programmes, which may last for a weekend, one-week or two weeks, children will be confident, willÂ imbibe the spirit of team players as well as the value of giving back to the society.
The NEF president said that even if the camp will not be free, any child, regardless of his background, would be allowed to participate in camp activities, adding that with sponsorship and funding from wealthy people, the less privileged children will be able to attend the educational programmes.
â€œComing to a camp like this is not cheap. We will use the money of the rich to help the poor,â€ she said.
The development of the camp is in two phases. The first phase has been completed with the construction of an administration block, six blocks of classrooms having two rooms each, ICT room, home science laboratory, clinic and cafeteria.
All these structures were endowed by Chief Molade Okoya Thomas, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Sir Kessington Adebutu, Kafaru Oluwole Tinubu, the late Mabel Oye Williams, the late Chief Adebayo Nyoku and Mrs. Stella Okoli, among others.
During the development of the second phase, ten hostels (to accommodate 240 children) and sporting facilities will be constructed.
The camp, which is toÂ serve as NEF headquarters later on, will also be involved in ventures such as production of bottled water and bread to ensure its financial sustainability and to augment donations from philanthropists in the society.