HEDEN Hosts Third Edition Of Annual Youth Service Day

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While most nations are neglecting their youths, a non-governmental organization, Health Education and Empowerment Initiative, HEDEN harnessed the creative energies of the youths in her third edition of Annual Youth Service day for 2018.

The theme for this 2018 focuses on Tuberculosis, with the theme “Tuberculosis in children – An unholy union”.

This years’ edition which held at Bezer Hotels Ota, Ogun state,featured songs, drama, quiz competition, art competition, school project on Tuberculosis. This year theme focused on Tuberculosis due to HEDEN’s contribution to the goal of ending the TB epidemic by 2030.

schools club during the event

Schools club during the event

According to the Executive Director of the organization, and a Public Health expert, Mrs. Folasade Ofurune, “We are dealing with a disease that has serious consequences on the affected individuals, families and also our economy as a nation.”  She further noted that TB has orphaned children and taken away many bread winners with severe consequences on the economic welfare of families, hence the theme for this year’s event.

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Schools represented at the event are; High Grade School, FOCOM college, Sapphire model college, BEMA International college, Great Success schools, Tudell Academy, Whiterose college, Triumphant college.

The program featured panel discussions, quiz and each school Seeds of Hope club projects. The students were given the opportunity to make presentations on the theme. Students from different schools had their respective presentations highlighting basis facts about TB, the dangers of TB, how it is contracted, how it can be prevented and steps to take in seeking cure.

Cross section of students during the event

The lead school, High Grade college was first in line as they sang a song on tuberculosis and used the word TUBERCULOSIS (Transmitted; Unpleasant; Bacterium; Effect; Respiratory; Contagious; Unexpected; Loss of appetite; Offensive; Symptoms; Infections; Sneezing) as an acronym encouraging their audience to join hands and fight this deadly disease called tuberculosis.

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Other schools were not left out as they also made presentations with songs, drama and Artworks. A panel of judges was also constituted as umpire for the competitions.

The quiz competition on tuberculosis featured two representatives each from all eight schools represented. The competition tested the students’ knowledge of basic facts about Tuberculosis.

The school club project on TB was another high point of the event as each school showcased their respective projects.

The panel discussions saw Great success schools, High grade college and Sapphire model college coming first, second and third respectively.

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The quiz category had BEMA college, High Grade and Great Success schools coming first, second and third respectively, while for the club projects, Tudell academy, Sapphire school and High-Grade college emerged first, second and third respectively.

The high point of the event was the giving out of prizes, medals and awards in various categories to represented schools and corporate sponsors of the event.

At the end of the event, the Executive Director of HEDEN used the opportunity to thank the organizations for their continued support over the years. The organizations are: SonaAgro-Allied Foods, Rainbow Cards limited, Emtund Ventures, Bezer Hotels, Ariez Ventures, Olubayo Nigeria Limited, Olufemi Jaiyesinmi& Co. Corporate Responsibility awards were given to the organizations for their unflinching support towards the Annual Youth Service Day.

HEDEN looks forward to a grander event on World TB Day on March 2019.

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