Youth activations through Project UNIFY® in Nigeria are proving to be a very useful tool in building awareness, and helping to create active youth that are prepared to advocate for people with an intellectual disability.
In March Special Olympics Nigeria hosted a Youth Activation Program at Caleb International College. Mrs. Temidre Alesh, The Youth Activation Program coordinator, spoke to the students about the mission and history of Special Olympics. She explained how the youth can volunteer and get involved with the program. A total of 100 students and 5 staff members from Caleb International College attended the event.
Special Olympics Nigeria volunteer, Mr. Eintan Adesun, spoke about his involvement with the program and explained the great benefits of being part of the organization. The students were inspired by Special Olympics Nigeria Athlete and staff member, Mr. Samuel Daitjunji, who spoke about his life, his personal experience with the organization and of his many accomplishments. The students asked him a lot of questions and it was clear that many of them came to the realization that he was no different from them.
At the end of the Youth Activation a sign language lesson was given by Mr. Stephen Adeyemo from the Wesley School for the hearing impaired. This lesson was regarded as being very important for many of the Special Olympics Nigeria athletes have hearing problems and this training will make it easier for the students to interact with the athletes.
Special Olympics Project UNIFY® brings youth with and without intellectual disabilities together through education and sports to create school communities of acceptance and respect. The Project Unify resource pages serves as a portal for youth, Programs and educators who are looking to become more involved with the Special Olympics movement. You can access the resource page at the link below.
About Mr Deola Oladugba: I work for Special Olympics Nigeria as the National Director