Salimatou Foundation launches Girls mentorship program

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Salimatou Foundation for Education; a civil society organization that advocates for quality education, over the weekend launched its SaFE Teen Girls mentorship program at Child Protection Alliance (CPA) office in Fajara.

The aim of the mentorship program is to help young girls to develop on their self-esteem and to know their rights and responsibilities.

Speaking at the launch, chief executive officer Salimatou Fatty said, “The aim of the teen girl’s mentorship program is designed to help young girls to develop on their self-esteem and to know their rights and responsibilities. The activities involved in the program would be centered on field visits.”

She pointed out that teen girls’ mentorship program is the maiden edition organized by the Foundation.  She said the first cohort of the participants is drawn from Kanifing Municipality and West Coast Region, targeting girls between the ages of 14 to 19 years.

“Fifteen girls will be mentored in the program; the event will last for three months,” she said.

According to her, the mentorship programme will also cover storytelling, saying they believe that storytelling can change someone’s life and inspire them to a positive change. “Bringing people from other regions require funding and currently we do not have enough funding to bring others from other regions but we hope in the subsequent cohorts those in the other regions will be included in the mentorship programme,” she said.

Hannah Barry and Sulayman Jaiteh, volunteers of the Foundation said they have been organising school outreaches, sponsorship for needy students and mentorship programs for kids.

Amadou M. L. Jatta also pointed out that they advocate for quality education, knowing that quality education is key. “We also try to introduce weekend classes for grades 7 to 9. We feel that doing that will at least cover the gap for the syllabus. 

Author: Fatou B Cham