The Junior Shapers Africa (JSA), a non-profit social enterprise championing the development of the male child has launched the maiden Ghana Boys Fair and Awards to be held at the Christ the King Hall in Accra on December 30.
The prime objective of the fair is to bridge the education and development gap between boys from public and private schools, as well as foster networking among these future leaders irrespective of their background.
Mrs Ethel Marfo, Founding Director of JSA, told the GNA that activities that would mark the ceremony include free health screening, life skill sessions, educative fun games and child development counseling for parents.
She said the awards ceremony would also reward well-behaved boys, amazing talents and innovative initiatives and products produced by boys.
According to Mrs Marfo, items produced by these boys would be auctioned to support their ‘Public Schools Boys Clinics’ and to enroll 10 underprivileged boys with low self-esteem to benefit from the Junior Boys Mentoring Clinic (JBMC) programme next year.
“JBMC admits new mentees in January 2017 and it is held on the last Sunday of every month,” she added.
JBMC is run as a monthly mentorship programme that seeks to motivate and groom boys from 6-15 years to understand their future role as responsible men with the assistance of devoted mentors and influential role models.
Launched on September 21, 2015, the JSA comes in as a “supplementary force” to ensure that children are well-rounded in virtues and mental capacity to contribute meaningfully to their families and nation building.
She said the programme desired to groom every African boy to step up to responsible manhood, impact lives and also appreciate the value and contribution of women in society.
JSA has also partnered with Etiquette Plus Ghana to cater for young girls by developing a self-worth programme that grooms girls from four-16 years known as the Junior Girls Grooming Class (JGGC), which was launched in July 2016.
“Through JBMC our boys have been inspired to contribute meaningfully to their communities by identifying and addressing pertinent problems affecting their communities.
“We have noticed a significant transformation in the attitude of our regular mentees; they have become more responsible and resourceful during our clinics and at home and a couple of them are currently holding leadership positions in their schools,” she said.