As part of its corporate social responsibility, Kings and Queens Beauty Institute, has trained 30 less- privileged women, selected from two communities in Abuja: Kuchigoro and Karonmajigi, on cosmetology and beauty therapy.
According to the rector of the institute, Ms Susie Aghedo, the aim of the training is to ensure the girl child is empowered in line with the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in order for them not to fall prey to social vices.
Addressing journalists, Friday in Abuja, during the award of certificate ceremony to the beneficiaries, Aghedo said the training will be extended to other communities within Abuja next year.
She implored the beneficiaries to implement what they learnt and possibly train others.
“This programme is our contribution to the society. It is aimed at achieving the SDGs for the girl- child in particular because, if you train a girl, you have trained a nation.
“We chose to train women in order to empower them and take them out of the street. Out of the 30 women we trained, about 80 per cent of them have been out of school for more than three years and are jobless.
“So, we decided to start with this category of women first, so that they won’t fall prey to social vices. The two communities have close proximity, so we met with their leaders and tabled our conditions before they selected the beneficiaries.
“We will go to other communities next year. We gave scholarships to four of the girls to earn diploma certificates and we will monitor others to make sure they implement what they learnt. Some of them have already started making wigs to sell this yuletide and that’s encouraging’’, she said.
“Also speaking, the Registrar of the school, Mr Toritse Ikomi, said the institution was recently approved by the National Board for Technical Education to offer courses that would lead to award of Diploma in Beauty and Cosmetology.
He added that the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board had also approved the institution for students willing to study Beauty and Cosmetology courses for award of certificates.