By Elizabeth Uwandu
Mr Adedapo Conde, founder, Pyramid Educational Advancement, PEA, Academy has said that majority of children in less developed societies end up unfulfilled in life due to lack of information or misinformation on sex education, career choice etc.
Speaking recently at a two-day seminar organised by PEA Foundation on career, mentoring and life skills that drew mentors from different fields who spoke to over 600 youths across 60 schools in Alimosho, Ifako-Ijaiye and Agege local government areas of Lagos State and Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State, Mr Conde explained that it was worrisome that students no longer desire to achieve academic excellence or pursue a meaningful career.
Some of the mentors that spoke included Mr Musa Ganiyu, MD, Cornerstone Insurance Limited; Dr Timi Oyebode, CEO and Founder of Attitude Development International and Mrs Enitan Solarin, MD, YOA Insurance Brokers, among others.
The founder, Cornerstone Insurance Limited told the youths that their circumstance should be fuel for them to acquire education which he described as a leveler of the rich and poor.
Mr Ganiyu said: “My coming to interact, talk and share part of my background and journey with you, is the fact that coming from an underserved society or being disadvantaged now, should not in any way hamper or shape or put a limitation over what you can do and what you can achieve.
“What I know personally and from my experience is that the pursuit of education is an imperative for everybody. I am a living testimony of what education can do to level the playing field of the individual. Whether you are from a rich or poor home; or from a rural area or city, if you commit to education that include the informal and the formal, the sky is your stepping stone.”
For Dr Oyebode who spoke on the importance of healing for victims of sexual abuse, the youths needed to seek help from counsellors when exposed to addictions.