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Identifying Potentials in Adolescent Girls through Community Support for Expanded Career Options

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Promise Macaulay loves to play like any girl of her age. She plays house with her friends but always loved to do something else – make clothes for what will pass for a baby doll. And so Promise, a 15-year-old female student at Government Secondary School, ATU/Calabar, has found the opportunity to realize her dreams and recalls how it all started…

“My mother participated in the Four Pillars PLUS project Finance and Resource Management training in April 2017. On that fateful day, she returned home with good news on the opportunity for mentees to acquire fashion designing skills at no cost. This is a skill I desired to acquire as a growing child. I like looking good and as such appreciate when I see some good-looking clothes. When I indicated my interest, my elder sisters laughed at me because of my size (petit) and age (I’m only 15 years old). I never allowed their reaction to discourage me. I encouraged my mother to call Ms. Uyi, the owner of the fashion house in Efut-Ekondo. I asked her to inform the woman that I want to start learning how to sew since my school is on holiday. I started and my interest grew stronger. This never replaced my studies rather it gave me an opportunity to become more creative. Today, I make some of my clothes and by doing so I have helped my mother save money that she would have spent on buying me clothes. At school, I get a well-rounded education that provides me with knowledge on adolescent sexual reproductive health and this includes mentoring on critical life skills which teaches me how to protect myself and stay safe. At home, I keep myself busy with my studies and my tailoring activities. I see myself becoming an entrepreneur in future, able to employ and teach young people tailoring in addition to anything else they may want to do.”

“I want to appreciate GE Foundation for their support for girls’ education in a safe and healthy learning environment and FHI 360 Four Pillars PLUS project for bringing such opportunity my way. I have been given a priceless opportunity to realize my dreams.”

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