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TAPA Sensitizes Public on Mental Health of Male Children

To commemorate the International Day of the Boy Child, The Adams Project Africa (TAPA), Akwa Ibom State Chapter, has sensitised the public on the need to protect the mental health of Male children in society.

The advocacy project which is initiated by the Non-Governmental Organisation known as The Helpers Network, raised this awareness across eight electronic media stations in the state on Saturday, May 13, Tuesday, May 16 and Friday, May 19, 2023.

During the Radio and Television conversations, the TAPA team enlightened society on the need to empower and equip the boy child with the necessary knowledge and tools to grow and become a better man in society.

The outreach programme was also extended to Glad Tidings College at Mbiaobong Etoi, Uyo, on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, where teenage male children were admonished to enhance their self-esteem by identifying who they are.

Addressing the male students on Wednesday, the Boy Child Model man in TAPA, Dr Ekom Akpan, said it is pertinent for a male child to know his self-worth to create a positive influence in society.

In his words, “TAPA is here to enhance your self-esteem by enlightening you about who you are. You need to know you are first a child of God who was created to do good work.

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“Every boy child is an embodiment of something that is made to benefit society. A boy child is also born to lead because he is unique and special.”

Akpan also encouraged male students to be intentional about their future, so they can contribute positively to society and be better men in the future.

Earlier, the Curator of TAPA in Akwa Ibom State, Miss Ekaette Umo-Ituen spoke on the objectives of the project, stating that TAPA intends to equip the boy child with the requisite knowledge to face challenges in society.

Umo-Ituen hinted that the humanitarian organisation which was founded by Mr Ekpeno John provides developmental role models for male children as well as empowers and educates vulnerable boy children in rural communities, through community outreaches and sensitization.

Speaking further, the International Administrator of TAPA – Barr Mary Umanah noted that the Organisation is established in twenty-eight states across the country, including the FCT Abuja and is also in nine different African countries.

The highlight of the school outreach programme was the inauguration of five torchbearers who will serve as role models to boy children in the school.

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